So much has been happening with Chanel lately! From assigning Kristen Stewart the new face of the brand, to Karl causing havoc with his Navajo prints and American Indian-inspired accessories at his show in Dallas. Apparently many groups disapproved of the Pre-fall themes calling them “offensive” and “racially insensitive”. I don’t usually like to get involved in stuff like this and I consider myself apolitical, but I don’t see why it was taken so offensively.
Sasha Houston Brown, a 26-year-old member of the Santee Sioux Nation, said that “Chanel should have learned from previous Native-inspired fashion offenses by Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, and H&M, which should have provided the label with clear-cut lessons before staging its show”.
The Native Americans suffered a genocide and faced widespread efforts to erase their culture over and over again. But this is the way I see it; taking something with incredible spiritual meaning like the feathered headdress, and bringing awareness to it on a controversial and world renowned catwalk like Chanel’s is impressive not offensive. I don’t think you’ll see people walking around with feathered headdresses next fall. Karl may have been offering a critique of these histories through fashion. Don’t freak out- I said “may have”.
I don’t get offended when I see celebrities wearing the Palestinian Kuffiyeh (not necessarily in solidarity with the Palestinians who suffer at the hands of Israelis every day), it raises awareness about a people who have been suffering for almost 66 years now. I’m pretty sure Karl wasn’t trying to mock anybody’s history or culture, and he’s bound to be a little more careful next time. Won’t you Karl?
Tell me what you think!