Hong Kong Shop Mocks Dolce & Gabbana Debacle
Hong Kong retailer, Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) is poking fun of the Dolce & Gabbana photo-gate debacle with their new store front display.
Their new window display features a mannequin with an oversized camera and a caption beside it that roughly translates to "Photograph all you want".
While the display didn't explicitly reference the Dolce & Gabbana incident, it's clearly responding to the controversy that sparked protests from locals over the alleged discrimination prompted by the Italian fashion house's photography policy, which only allowed Mainland Chinese and foreign customers to photograph in-store. Local Hong Kong shoppers were not extended the same courtesy.
In a recent interview with WWD, G.O.D. co-founder and chief executive Douglas Young said of the demonstrations, "That represents a turning point in psyche of young people,” he said. “The message that they are sending out, that money is not everything — that represents a turning point in Hong Kong for the better.”
“The fact is, in China, they have not reached that stage. So if it really was the case that these security guards treated Chinese people as more important than Hong Kong people because they have more money, that is really insulting to us,” Young said.
Although the Italian fashion label have issued an official apology, many locals in Hong Kong have doubted their sincerity and have taken to Facebook, Twitter and various blogs to voice their dissatisfaction.
More protests outside the Dolce & Gabbana store are expected to happen over the Chinese New Year holiday.
Photo By Gareth Jones