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Christian Louboutin puts out a line an ad campaign that acknowledges that “nude” isn’t another word for “light beige.” I don’t like nude shoes, I prefer statement footwear, but it’s good to see big names acknowledging that we come in a beautiful range of colors. And then arranging us in terrifying circles.
While I cannot afford his shoes at all, I like this campaign idea. Because I cannot express how much I TIRE of “nude” and “flesh toned” and “neutral” marketing. Just the other day at a department store the White bra saleswoman asked me do I want a “nude” bra. For what ma’am? When I said “it doesn’t match my skin” she stood there stunned. As if she never considered this before.
To what Trudy said above, I wanted to add these news from yesterday: Louboutin wins fight to pull shoes from anti-sharia advert in Belgium. From the link:
Designer Christian Louboutin won a legal battle Monday to stop a Belgian campaign featuring his signature red-soled shoes. The campaign, by the far-right group “Women against Islamisation”, criticised the conservative values of sharia law.
The designer has said that he doesn’t want his brand or designs to be associated with racism. I don’t wear his shoes because they are above my budget but I do have to tip my hat for his stance. Going to court costs money (legal fees, lawyers, potentially bad press, etc), it’s nice to see him do the right thing.
Brown girls literally stepped out on the runway in Paris for Rick Owens’ Spring 2014 RTW show, in what is perhaps the biggest celebration of racial and body diversity in any of the Fashion Week presentations this season.
As the discussion about diversity on the runways reaches a fever pitch, Owens’ decision to have, what appears to be, all minority competitive step teams rocking his collection in lieu of models is making a splash.
The designer’s use of both racial diversity and real full-figured women, instead of the usual size zero, to showcase his clothing is sure to catch some attention. Not to mention bringing step to the international fashion stage. Bravo!
The step teams, who were recruited from the U.S. for the show, include one team entitled "Step With Momentum" based in New York City.
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Today, HEPICAT, a new clothing line of radical Afrofuturist streetwear launched its official website. Hepicat is the creation of New Orleans based artist-educator Dane Verret, and it’s sooo much more than fashion line.
I have spent the past hour and half trying to find magazines in the US for Arab or Muslim Women. So far, I have found nothing. Either the magazines are no longer produced or simply aren’t sold and distributed in America. When I did find some fashion magazines for Arab Women that were in English I was disappointed to find that all of the pictures used to talk about beauty tips, fashion and hair accessories were not only NOT Arab women but instead they opted to use generic pictures featuring white women.
I’ve been dying to find some kind of representation of Arab women in magazines— something I could look at and resonate with on a personal level. Even if I’m not that into fashion I want to be able to say that I can buy a magazine and find women like me on the cover. No such luck. Very disheartening. I’m going to go cry now.
A project from my personal collection showing the beauty of the condition that is Vitiligo
can be seen on www.kezcoo.com
Instagram: Your Opinion
Mua: Nora Belovai
Illustration : Curiosity
My Gallery : Rahmawati Yayu Ningsih
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
- Walt Disney
Beaut day at Summer Rites PRIDE festival with mah TranFam.
We backup danced for 80s icon Samantha Fox!!! lolz