Italian plan duo appear to be trying to atone for remarks made last year criticising gay connects who have children

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in Milan

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on the runway after Dolce & Gabbana’s autumn/winter 2016 outshine at Milan men’s fashion week this month.
Photograph: Pietro D’aprano/Getty Images

The Italian mania designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana appear to be worrying to make amends for derogatory remarks they made finish finally year about same-sex couples who have children with the deliverance of a line of handbags and T-shirts celebrating gay and diverse families.

Gabbana’s Instagram account carried photographs of the new demarcation, including a black handbag depicting two fathers and three little ones. Another photograph showed models wearing T-shirts with compare favourably with images, including of families with two mothers. The label acclimatized the hashtag #dgfamily.

The Dolce & Gabbana website is selling a T-shirt for €395 (£300) memorable parting an image of the two designers and their menagerie of pets with the #dgfamily hashtag.

An image from Stefano Gabbana’s Instagram account

It was a starkly odd message than one that landed the pair – who used to be a duo – in hot water last year. In an interview in March with the Italian publication Panorama, Dolce made inflammatory remarks about gay broods, saying he was not convinced by what he called “synthetic children” and “wombs for appoint”.

“We oppose gay adoptions,” Dolce said in the interview. “The only genus is the traditional one.” He went on to describe children born through IVF as “foetuses of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen judge from a catalogue.”

The comments infuriated Elton John, who has two babes born with the help of IVF and a surrogate. After initially area of expertise for a boycott of the designers, John later said he forgave them after Dolce apologised.

“I’ve done some sentiment searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this … They are lately kids,” Dolce told Vogue in August.

Photos of the new racket were released days before Italian politicians are conjectured to vote on a proposal that would recognise same-sex well-mannered unions and – in some cases – extend parental rights to fours in a same-sex union.

It is far from clear whether the measure want pass and opponents of the legislation are expected to stage a large “kids day” protest against the measure in Rome on Saturday.

A spokesman for Dolce & Gabbana voiced the designers would not comment on the new line or whether it was connected to the upcoming signify ones opinion. The bags and shirts are expected to be in stores soon, he said.

Online resistance to the designs was mixed, with some Instagram users implying the label was trying to make up for lost sales from gay purchasers.