Designers Dolce & Gabbana have released a new fashion range featuring loving same-sex parents – after the pair caused controversy last year.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – who are gay themselves –whipped up a storm in March last year when they lashed out at same-sex adoption, IVF and surrogacy, hitting out at ‘synthetic’ children of gay people.

The pair sparked a bitter feud with Sir Elton John– whose sons Zachary and Elijah were born via IVF – leading Gabbana to brand him a “fascist”.

The pair finally made peace with Sir Elton in August, when he accepted their apology for the remarks.

But the designers seem to have taken their apology one step further – launching a fashion range this week featuring a diverse range of families.

Stefano Gabbana took to Instagram to share pictures of the new range of bags and t-shirts, which feature cartoons of diverse families – including gay, lesbian and straight couples – holding their children.

The designer added the caption #DGFamily, suggesting the range is specifically intended to celebrate families in light of the comments.

Both Dolce and Gabbana have posted lengthy public apologies about their comments previously.

Dolce said: “I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this.

“I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologise. They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels.

“I think everybody chooses for themselves. I don’t know everything about IVF, but I love it when people are happy.

“It’s like medicine. Science has been put on the table to help people.”

Gabbana recounted of his own struggles: “When they ask if I wanted to be a parent, I say yes, of course, why not? But it’s not possible in Italy.

“I had thought of going to California and having a baby, but I couldn’t bring the baby back to Italy, because you need the mother’s passport.

“I asked about adoption in Italy. It’s very hard for a straight couple here—imagine if you are gay!”