From sexual allegations against photography royalty to Zuhair Murad’s couture catastrophe; here’s a quick round-up of our ‘WTF’s moments of 2018 thus far… and remember, it’s barely even February!
MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI
“How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Well, much like the nuns of St. John’s Chapel in The Sound of Music, we’re basically saying the same thing when it comes to MGC: GET RID OF HER! Our#SaveDior campaign may have started with Raf Simmons, but we were sure (and probably drunk with Girl Power sentiment) when it came to MGC that we had finally found our girl! Fast forward to a few cotton t-shirts later, and we’re left punching ourselves in the ovaries! Maria, I’m sorry to say this, because you know we love you, but you need to go back to Italy and beg Pierpaolo Piccioli for your job back! You’re Italian opera gowns are screaming “Valentino!” … and not New Look Dior! #JustSayingWhatWereSeeing #CallingIt #MARIAwillbeOUT #WWJGD #BringJohnBackAlready!
ULYANA SERGEENKO & MIROSLAVA DUMA
With religious, sexual, and cultural drama checked off this months WTF list, Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko, and streetstyle favorite Miroslava Duma had to throw in racism, homophobia, & transphobia to complete the mix! During Paris Couture week, Duma posted an IG story of an invite sent to her by the designer, captioned “ to my n*ggas in Paris” – referencing a song by Kanye West and Jay Z. The post got major backlash after Naomi Campbell *thunder* reposted the image and captioned, “ This better not be real.” Mhmm gurl, it was. To add in more spice, a video of Duma from 2012 surfaced hours later. The video showed Duma making homophobic and transphobic comments about blogger Bryanboy and transgender model Andreja Pejic. That being said, we’re doing some early spring cleaning in on our social media! You can never be too safe–or not famous! 🙂
ALEXANDER WANG LEAVING NYFW
Given his latest SS18 collection of basic prom girls trying to dress as cool kids, we’re hoping Wang delivers stronger collections as big as his #WangFest after parties… now that he has more time. The designer is the latest to join Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Public School, and Rodarte and more in leaving NYFW. This season’s NYFW calendar will also be missing Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria Beckham, who are showing in Milan and London, respectively. One Wang gone, only one Wang left…
HEDI SLIMANE FOR CÉLINE
Yes. Shocker. We know. And apparently everyone in the fashion industry has mixed feelings on this ( & so do we). Former creative director, Phoebe Philo, (and as many call her, the Coco Chanel of our time), established Céline as a smart chic brand that women ACTUALLY want to wear. Enter Hedi Slimane… the designer that made ‘California Grunge’ a thing at Dior Homme in the early 2000s. See the point? Although LVMH is in for a major (and super ambitions) brand expansion to couture, menswear, and fragrance, we’re just not sure how things are going to look for Céline...
ZUHAIR MURAD COUTURE CATASTROPHE
Enter the Zuhair Murad runway: lights undimmed, showing three Teepee poles in the center of the runway, and a model in your typical Lebanese embellished romper with silver tassles falling down, and there it was…. the feather. My personal reaction? “Oh Sh*t”. No one can disagree on Murad’s talent, craftsmanship, and impeccable taste, but any sort of controversy (now) could literally drag a brand to hell. Sorry boo, but the theme was anything but a wise choice! Although Murad stressed on the fact that his couture clientele trust in him, we doubt we’ll see any of that trust translate on the Oscars’ red carpet in a month.
H&M’S DOUBLE DISASTER
LOL! As if racial controversy wasn’t enough, the fast-fashion giant had to throw in a religious one too? Earlier this year, H&M was faced with major racial backlash! Tweets surfaced on an online ad featuring a black child in a sweatshirt that reads “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” #KnowYourMemesRight. So how to make it worse? Design a sock and print the name “Allah” in Arabic on it. Literally. Weren’t they the first to use a Hijabi model in one of their campaigns? One step forward and two steps backward with blasphemous socks. The level of ignorance (and stupidity) keeps amazing us…
MARIO TESTINO & BRUCE WEBER
Sexual allegations were passed on from Hollywood to the fashion industry. Two weeks ago, The New York Times published an explosive exposé in which fifteen current and former male models and thirteen male assistants and models accused top fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, respectively, of sexual misconduct and abuse. Conde Nast later dropped the two photographers following the investigation. Ouch!