Harvey Weinstein, the media mogul behind the Weinstein company was fired a day ago. Producer to films like Gangs of New York, Pulp Fiction, the Hollywood producer was kicked out after New York Times published a story about his repeated sexual harassment of female actors and employees, including Ashley Judd. Stars and us plebs alike thought the allegations in the story — which was solid in its reporting — were despicable.
Enter Donna Karan: the woman who gave our moms those unfortunate shoulder pads.
Wearing a black deep neck, cold shoulder ensemble at the CinéFashion film awards in Los Angeles, Karan was quoted saying:
“I also think how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do.
What are they asking for? Trouble.”
In an Instagram post and scathing caption, Susie said everything that needed to be said. Seriously, mic drop, woman. We cannot add anything more, but bow to your fash-un writing.
And it begins….
Susie is one of the most influential tastemakers of the day, her target is still THE Donna Karan. On Instagram, DK’s official account has over 200k followers (a 100K less than Susie’s btdubs.) Though the fashion journalist makes her point that Donna isn’t hands-on in deciding DKNY’s style anymore (though she is reportedly involved in the designs for DKNY active,) it takes balls to stand up to a living legend. Ok, legend in the way Tommy Lee is a living legend, but still. Donna is in her own right an influential person in the world of the sartorial, and backlash is never far when someone is called out. Would the situation be different if it were Dior? We don’t know, but, familiar with her work, we would like to think not.
Beyond balls, it takes integrity to stand tall in the face of a fashion clique wall — as imaginary as Trump’s Mexican border wall but possibly also as large as he hopes for it to be. Donna came up with the oldest fashion houses of our time. Her company is worth $400 million dollars. Suddenly the extra 100K followers don’t seem like much protection against economic or professional repercussions, do they?
Susie’s sticking to what is a set of basic AF journalistic ethics is sadly seen lacking among many others. The world of fashion has always been and is notoriously incestues. Brands, models, media houses, and bloggers alike often overlook serious issues or use them as marketing ploys. To add insult to a con, reportedly as many as 90% of Indian blogger posts are sponsored by brands or corporates. This is a glaring conflict of interests to which many in fashion turn a blind eye.
So, naturally, we were already like,
But then, when Susie’s mad she’s definitely the Regina (and we loves it.)
Knife twist, head chopped off, Done. And, all through fashion, and publicly.
TIMES, THEY ARE A’CHANGING?
Closer to home, just days ago indie fashion label NorBlackNorWhite ‘grammed that it had declined a major economic opportunity because they didn’t agree with the corporate’s lack of ethics.
Dove’s most recent video showing a black woman painting herself white has also attracted adverse attention, with some saying it exposes the irreconcilable dichotomy between its corporate behaviour and marketing image.
Unilever quickly pulled the advertisement saying they had missed the mark…. but is that any apology. It’s 2017. By now, don’t even moon people know messed up racism when they see it?
Dear Susie Bubble, and NBNW,
all we have left to say is: