Jul 19, 2010

pass it along

there are a number of places where you can follow the controversy about RODARTE's new cosmetics line with MAC that is inspired by JUAREZ, Mexico. mainly i've been reading RACEWIRE. this is the most chilling fucked up example i have seen in a really long time about how wrong race politics can get in fashion. i'm catching up a little, but according to a style.com review of F/W 2010 RTW:
Before their show, the sisters explained that a long drive from El Paso to Marfa, Texas, got them thinking they might like to explore their Mexican roots. From there, they became interested in the troubled border town of Ciudad Ju├írez; the hazy, dreamlike quality of the landscape there; and the maquiladora workers going to the factory in the middle of the night. And that, according to the designers, who certainly know how to romance a pitch, led to this conclusion: They'd build a collection off the idea of sleepwalking. 
dreamlike quality? maquiladora.

so now this new collection of MAC cosmetics expand this concept to deathly/pale/bloody eyeshadows and blushes with names like "Juarez" "Factory" and "Ghost town."

both RODARTE & MAC have issued apologies, promising that they will donate SOME (???) of the proceeds to helping fight the devastating violence in Juarez and according to MAC "We are diligently investigating the best way to do this."

i mean, you can read about this everywhere, so i will leave it at that. but this information NEEDS to be shared and some, um CRITICAL THOUGHT would be awesome coming from EVERYONE in the fashion industry at this moment. thanks

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