Racism Page 1
While the prevailing opinion regarding white people in blackface finally seems to be OH GOD DON’T DO IT EVER, this sentiment is repeatedly proving to be lost on the fashion set.
Another day, another bit of accidental awards ceremony racism. This time the accusatory tweets are being directed at Katy Perry, who threw together a decidedly unappetizing Asian fusion mash-up for the yellowface rendition of her terrible new song ‘Unconditionally’.
Back in July, Alexander McQueen staff was accused of horrendous racism by a black employee so distraught by their conduct that he wanted to commit suicide, and now the British fashion house is being hit with yet another discrimination lawsuit from a former Hispanic employee.
Your first thought upon reading that was probably one of the following: ‘Huh?’, ‘Isn’t it 2013?’ or ‘Why are we even still having this conversation?’ The answers are ‘yes, ‘yes’ and ‘I DON’T KNOW EITHER BUT SOME PEOPLE STILL THINK IT’S OKAY.’
“Think of the children” seems like a pretty unimpeachable defense, but damn it, people are still taking stabs at changing Jay-Z‘s mind.
Sometimes we like to joke that “three’s a trend,” but multiple allegations of racism against two retailers in one week is no laughing matter.
After two black customers accused Barneys of racial profiling, the department store says it’s hiring a civil rights expert to review its practices and procedures.
Another young, black shopper has accused Barneys of racial profiling.
Racism in high-end retail isn’t unheard of, but was taken to a new level of shittiness yesterday when Trayton Christian, a 19-year-old student from Queens, was arrested after purchasing a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barneys.
Racism on the runway is one of, if not the controversy on everyone’s lips this fashion month. Between the outspoken models in the minority, and Jezebel crunching the startling numbers of New York Fashion Week’s catwalks, it’s become clear that while much hasn’t changed on the white-washed runway front, the number of those unwilling to tolerate is fervently rising.
If this is true, it’s bloody awful. And if you’ve ever been into Alexander McQueen’s Meatpacking store to wistfully stroke skull-handle umbrellas you’ll never be able to afford but wouldn’t dream of stealing so stop doing that thing with your eyebrows at me please, well, you might not have trouble believing it.
Still isn’t, never was, and what is wrong with people? Up-and-coming Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel is the latest to opt for controversy as her road to media coverage. In an editorial spread titled “Be My Slave” (literally, we are rage-shaking as we type this), DIVA Magazine showcases Aqeel’s luxuriant garb on a model being served by a dark-skinned child. He holds an umbrella over her. He sleeps on the floor in rags as she idly flips through an issue of Bazaar. He bows his head as she presumably orders him around. How could the designer possibly justify this stinking pile of racist excrement?
Following up on photographer Sebastian Kim‘s statement yesterday, Numéro has issued an apology for the offensive blackface editorial that ran in its March 2013 issue. Problem is, they don’t really seem to be all that sorry at all.
Photographer Sebastian Kim has released a statement in response to the controversy surrounding his “African Queen” editorial for Numéro, which stars 16-year-old white model Ondria Hardin painted in apparent blackface.
The fashion industry is by no means all bad, but it does have its moments of being incredibly tone-deaf and out-of-touch, and the latest comes inside the pages of Numéro‘s March issue, which features an “African Queen” editorial. But instead of, you know, hiring a black model, the magazine painted a white model in blackface.
Anthropologie has been known to hawk some unreasonably expensive, outrageously ugly wares. Remember that $2,200 beribboned rickshaw? What about the $800 paper mâché rotary phone? Today’s installment of eyesore comes in the form of the $398 “Trinket & Treasure” candlestick, a 21″ stack of junky flea market finds atop a brassy base. While some of the “trinkets” are harmless, albeit hideous, renderings of cacti and puppy dogs, others happen to enforce ugly racist stereotypes, as outdated souvenirs are wont to do.
If you make a mistake on the web, people will most definitely see it. And if you try to cover it up, well, that just makes it worse. Case in point: a racist remark in an article about Zadig + Voltaire‘s new hotel in Paris’ Left Bank.
For spring 2013, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sent out a collection inspired by their native home of Sicily, but some of the accessories, specifically several earrings, read more as questionable references to colonialism.
As we’ve mentioned in the past, the Styleite offices are right next door to a Hollister flagship. This means that every morning on our way to work, we have to awkwardly push past the slow-moving tourists on Broadway in order to avoid smacking into the shirtless teenage “models” that are always congregated just outside its (excessively fragrant) threshold. Although this is irritating, it’s no more than a minor annoyance. But it seems that the mall chain’s employees caused a much bigger disturbance at a store opening in South Korea last week.
The controversies surrounding Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas‘s look have not stopped. First, it was the 16-year-old’s hair, and now, it’s her nose.