Chanel causes controversy with their Wild West Inspired Pre-Fall Show.

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!

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4 thoughts on “Chanel causes controversy with their Wild West Inspired Pre-Fall Show.

  1. You nailed it! Anyway ppl just want to be controversial n create controversy for the sake of controversy nowadays, it’s good publicly…but I too find nothing offensive in Karl’s collection, I was at the show n it was beautiful – period!

  2. You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read anything like this before.

    So nice to find somebody with genuine thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the
    internet, someone with some originality! (Jeanette)

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