Cultural News Items

1. Clare Waight Keller’s takeover as Creative Director for Givenchy. While it may be nice for her to steer the brand away from the starfuckery it became under Tisci’s reign, Keller is going to need to bring a lot more heat than she had been at Chloe. When I think of the brand Chloe, all I see is a picnic basket – a straw basket with a French blue checkered picnic blanket and a carefree yet highfalutin attitude. Chloe is feminine and demure — to the point of quite possibly boner-killing. How can the brand go from former “bad boys of fashion” Galliano, McQueen, and Tisci to the equivalent of a human doily? The answer: SALES.

Chloe’s sales have been doing well in a time of fashion uncertainty – so LVMH brought Keller in. Too bad they didn’t realize it was because of ACCESSORY SALES at Chloe, not clothing.

They took a risk when they brought in Galliano, which paved the way for McQueen. What risk are they taking with Keller? It’s the same as the new CD for Christian Dior (or shall I say Christian SNORE) — is the fashion industry done taking risks??

AFTERTHOUGHT: While I am glad it’s a female CD, I am complaining strictly on her design aesthetic and how I don’t think it’s a fit for Givenchy.

2. Urban Decay launches a Basquiat-themed line of cosmetics. We get it UD, you’re trying to slip in some some social and racial commentary because they are hot ticket items these days. Yes, Basquiat included these themes in his work, but are you trying to imply that our current sociopolitical climate has reverted back to the 70’s/80’s? Bold would describe more than just the color palettes you chose for this “collaboration”.

It’s great that you are giving a platform for mass promotion of an artist that may not have gained as big of notoriety as Warhol. Basquiat was a quintessential “tortured artist” who died from a heroin overdose at age 27. His work was influential, and it’s always great to pay homage to the lates and greats — but is it a step forward? Would it perhaps have been better to feature a living artist whose work is culturally relevant and boundary-pushing?

I am sick of society putting drug-addicted artists on pedestals, as it can only encourage addiction in young talent. Not to mention your tagline for your mailing list/members is “Beauty Junkies: Addiction Has Its Perks”. (Also, the new collection drops on 4/20? How subtle.)

AFTERTHOUGHT: And yes I’m ignoring the fact that Ruby Rose is the face of the campaign — they did that on purpose to draw attention – no such thing as bad publicity!

 

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