Several revolting clothing lines guide! Fashion doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to blackface. Every year, it seems a new blackface controversy surfaces, with a new model at the center. This year, it was Gigi Hadid, who appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia sporting what some saw as a suspiciously dark tan. As BBC pointed out, many of Hadid’s followers were quick to point out her darkened appearance in the image, which was shot by Steven Klein. Others flat out called the image blackface. The criticism prompted the 23-year-old model to apologize. She shared a statement on Twitter along with a photo of herself post-shoot, with bronze makeup still on her face.
John Galliano’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 Collection, “Haute Homeless”, For John Galliano’s Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 show, he created a collection based on the homeless Parisians he encountered while running along the Seine. To that end, he presented a bricolage collection of shredded and tattered couture garments that had found objects like mini whiskey bottles and kitchen utensils strung along the models’ waists. Many found homelessness to be a distasteful theme for a haute couture collection where dresses can go for upwards of $50,000 and the resulting criticism prompted Galliano to apologize for upsetting so many, stating that it was not meant to offend but rather celebrate the style of the homeless people he encountered in Paris.
Kendall + Kylie Jenner Selfie “Vintage” Band Tees, Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s eponymous clothing line has had its ups and downs this year. The sisters found themselves in the center of a firestorm of controversy after releasing “vintage” band t-shirts that featured their faces photoshopped over music legends. Not only did many people find the designs offensive and morally reprehensible, apparently Kendall and Kylie didn’t have legal permission to use most of the images either.
Over the years, Lagerfeld has transformed the Grand Palais into a supermarket, art gallery, IT center, and now a space station. This season, Paris Fashion Week was kicked off with an Instagram-ready display: a branded rocket ship launched at the end of the show and rose 33 feet to the tune of Rocket Man. The show was 60’s space age futurism, with space cadets, blankets, and prints. The new and improved version of the two-tone pumps of fall 2015 was a knee-high, glittery, Jetsons-style boot with a toe cap, worn with glitter tights. As shown by the likes of Riri and the model world, boots are very much in at the moment. The ongoing headband trend seen across this year’s fashion weeks was in evidence, too. Obviously, the Chanel version came with pearl embellishments. And because it’s not a Chanel show without a witty accessory, there was a rocket-ship bag. Rock on.
Another upsetting clothing line is Headhunters Line, a very bold fashion line that already generated a lot of controversy. Sex, guns, scandalous message, this fashion clothing line has them all. See more details at The most dangerous clothing line.