Another Fashion Designer Jumps to Melania Trump's Defense

| JAN 3, 2017 | 7:03 PM

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Melania Trump wore a classic, black cocktail dress to the New Year's Eve party at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. The knee-length dress had a bit of holiday sparkle; two bows with jeweled brooches topped off the look.

President-elect Donald Trump arrives with his wife Melania for a New Year's Eve party December 31, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

With a handful of fashion designers backing away from dressing Mrs. Trump, on the grounds they do not support her husband's policies, this dress, by Dolce & Gabbana, made it clear she has the support of one of the industry's top fashion houses.

Stefano Gabbana, one half of Dolce & Gabbana, proudly posted an image of Trump on his Instagram feed, calling her a #DGWoman, and decorating the caption with hearts and flags of both the United States and Italy:

Melania Trump #DGwoman ❤❤❤❤❤ thank you 🇺🇸 #madeinitaly🇮🇹

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Yet, almost as soon as he had posted, several of Gabbana's commenters turned on him, saying he should be ashamed of dressing Trump. Gabbana wasn't having it.

He challenged the haters, wading into the comments section to defend Mrs. Trump, at one point calling his criticizers “ignorant.”

“How many stupid and ignorant people r on instagram!!!! .... Please if you dont like my post unfollow me ... thank u ❤”

(L) Stefano Gabbana and (R) Domenico Dolce attend the Dolce&Gabbana Boutique Opening Event during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 25, 2016 in Milan, Italy. Venturelli/Getty Images

Gabbana's remarks put him in the column of those designers who have come out in support of dressing Mrs. Trump, including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Carolina Herrera, the venerable American designer who has several times been worn by Michelle Obama. In an interview last month, Herrera said of designing for Mrs. Trump:

"Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course. It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it’s something to do for the United States. It’s not for myself. It’s for the public.”

Michelle Obama most notably wore Herrera's $2,300 blue dress to meet the Pope during his U.S. tour last year.

September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

But back to Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian duo known for their sexy, curve-hugging designs, often favored by celebrities—coming to the defense of Melania Trump might make them a favorable choice for the future first lady's wardrobe. She's worn them before, including to the Academy Awards in 2011:

Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. John Shearer/Getty Images

And if you really liked the black dress she wore the other night for the New Year's Eve bash, you can always buy it — for $2,995.

It's available online at Saks Fifth Avenue, and it's already selling out in several sizes.