Elton John drew laughter at his concert on Thursday as he declared his love for Dolce & Gabbana. The singer made a seemingly tongue-in-cheek comment about the fashion house as he listed inspirational figures from around the world, less than a week after he clashed with the designers over their claims that IVF babies are "synthetic".
After naming Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana as icons of benevolence, Elton added: "In Italy, Dolce & Gabbana", prompting the crowd to laugh and clap in response.
"Listen, the band have been wearing Dolce & Gabbana," he added. "I love Dolce & Gabbana clothes."
Elton jokingly declared his love for Dolce & Gabbana
Among the audience at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, were stars including Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Jimmy Carr.
Comedian Jimmy shared a picture of himself with his fellow famous guests and showed his support for the singer's set by writing: "Fun night in Vegas – Elton killed it."
On Sunday 67-year-old Elton called for a boycott on Dolce & Gabbana after the fashion label spoke of their support for traditional families and described children born through IVF as "synthetic".
Elton, whose sons Elijah and Zachary were conceived via a surrogate, criticised designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their views on same-sex families and the use of fertility treatment.
Stars including Miles Teller, Jimmy Carr, Bradley Cooper and Johan Hill were in the audience
"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'," he wrote in a post on his Instagram account. "And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both gay and straight, to fulfil their dreams of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just likes your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana."
While stars including Victoria Beckham, Ricky Martin and Courtney Love showed their support for Elton, the designers themselves spoke out insisting that they "respect all the world".
Talking to CNN, Domenico said that his views were private beliefs based on his idea of a traditional Sicilian family and added that he doesn't judge people who chose IVF.
"I believe in the traditional family," he said. "It is impossible to change my culture for something different. It's me… I respect all the world, all the culture."