Outrage after Kamala Harris outfit cops criticism

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Supporters of US Vice President Kamala Harris have hit back after she was criticised for wearing Dolce & Gabbana in light of the brand’s issues around racially offensive advertising and allegations founder Stefano Gabbana made racist comments in text messages.

The criticism came from Instagram account Kamala’s Closet, whose founder Vittoria Vignone criticised the VP for wearing several D&G items in comments shared on Instagram and later reported on by The Guardian.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks after receiving her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Criticism of US Vice President Kamala Harris' Dolce & Gabanna outfits has sparked a backlash. Photo: Getty Images

The account shared several posts showing Kamala wearing Dolce & Gabanna on three occasions at recent appearances, later creating an Instagram story highlight dissecting the matter.

“Was it an oversight on the part of her team?” Vittoria wrote in the highlight.

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“It’s possible but also incredibly sloppy. They could and should be better, especially after the triumphs of last week. The timing of this so soon after her inaugural choices championed lesser-known American designers of colour is awful no matter how you look at it.”

Photo: Instagram/ Kamala Harris Dolce&Gabbana sweater criticism
Kamla wears a sweater priced at $USD995. Photo: Instagram/ kamalascloset

In the same explainer, she criticised the price of the items, writing: “I don’t think it’s a good idea for Kamala to wear so many new expensive items during her first week in office... I also don’t think she should be wearing non-American designers, especially when there are so many American brands to choose from.”

The outfits in question included a micro check print blazer ($USD2395) paired with straight-leg houndstooth trousers ($875), later a lace-panelled wool sweater ($1165) and finally a chevron round neck sweater ($995).

Many commenting on the post enthusiastically agreed with the fashion Instagram account, but shared to Twitter it was a different story.

Twitter users outraged over ‘double standard’

Kamala Harris Dolce & Gabbana sweater
Many argued posts criticism the VP wouldn't be levelled at others in politics. Photo: Instagram/ kamalascloset

Hundreds of irate onlookers flooded The Guardian’s article with one, main point of criticism.

“Why does Vice President Harris have to answer for her sartorial choices?” one user wrote. “Would you write something like about a man?”

The question was echoed plenty of time.

“I mean... okay,” one person wrote. “But just a couple questions out of PURE curiosity: Do male leaders get criticized for the brands they wear? Wait, does anyone ever even ask male leaders what brands they wear?”

“I'm sorry, did I miss your article on what [Kentucky Senator] Mitch McConnell is wearing this season?” another sarcastically queried.

“Oh for the love of ridiculousness,” another bemoaned. “Let’s start criticizing men for how they look and what they wear not the job they do.”

“I have never seen a male politician criticized for the brand of clothing he wears,” another wrote.

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Others argued that white politicians didn’t cop the same criticism.

“Please show me one damn article where you sartorial take a white politician to task about the expensive suits they [wear],” one person wrote.

Others pointed out that no one knew if the clothes were in fact, brand new.

There were some, however, who argued that choosing a brand that has courted controversy over racism was however something the VP should be criticised over.

“Why all the Dolce!?” one asked. “I am unwell. All the Black-owned brands last week, now this. Hoping her team picks up on this absolutely not!”

Other pointed out former First Lady Melania Trump copped similar flak for her own outfit choices, but others hit back that a serving Vice President should demand different media attention.

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