Tuesday, 21 January 2014

S/S campaigns of colour

Spring/Summer 2014 campaigns have so far been colourful if you know what I mean. Givenchy kicked it all off, when Riccardo announced Erykah Badu would be fronting S/S 14 campaign with Eboni Riley and Maria Borgas. Givenchy SS 2014 campaign by Mert & MarcusErykah fronted Tom Ford's White Patchouli Perfume in 2009.
South African model Roxanna Jooste fronts Dior's S/S 14 campaign in honour of Madiba.Roxanne Jooste by Mike Ho
When Miuccia Prada hired British-Kenyan model Malaika Firth to fronts Prada's A/W13-14 campaigns she became the first black model to front Prada in 20 years. Naomi Campbell was the last to front campaign for Prada when Malaika was born.
This time its Cindy Bruna who is fronting Prada S/S14 campaign part of collective of models.
Malaika is fronting S/S14 Burberry campaigns. Burberry-Spring-Summer-2014-1Burberry S/S14 is also special because Neelam Johal is the first with Indian Neelam Johal to front Burberry campaign. Malaika also fronts Valentino S/S14 campaign.Malaika Firth for Valentino SS 2014 Campaign by Craig McDean
Miu-Miu-Spring-Summer-2014-Inez-Vinoodh-03Kenya/American actress Lupita Nyongo fronts Miu Miu
Tian Yi fronts Linda Farrow S/S14 campaign Tian Yi for Linda Farrow S-S 2014
Conrad Bromfield Tom Ford S/S 14 campaignCarlos Peters & Conrad Bromfield for Tom Ford Mens 2014 Campaing by Tom Ford 1
Rihanna fronts Balmain's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign
Jourdan Dunn and ASAP Rocky front DKNY S/S14 with Cara Delevigne and Eliza Cummings

Don't call it racist art... call it modern offend art

Dasha Zhukova is the partner of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

She he editor in chief of  Garage Magazine an biannual magazine and former editor of Pop magazine. She is also designer of Kova and T. She is an art enthusiast and philanthroper.
Dasha and her friend Miroslava Duma are in in hot dumb water for the fact someone in Buro 24/7 website edited by Miroslava Duma thought it would be great idea to use bondaged black woman chair as pop art.Zhukova Dasha 
Before you have WTF moment... take a moment and think what art is today. You see most people may see  white Russian socialite sitting on bondaged black woman. But  the art savvy see an ''Pop Art''.  And an offensive piece, but then again some modern artist like to offend. Dasha said in her statement 
'' Garage Magazine has a strong track record for promoting diversity and racial and gender equality in the worlds of art and fashion, and will continue our mission to stir positive debate and other issues''  
There are so many things that are just offensive about this chair not just race but gender. 
It is offensive itself that woman regardless of her colour is nothing more than object of furniture. That itself  is an offensive. And it should've bothered both Dasha and Miroslava as women. The chair in question was made by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard described by the New York Times as ''projectile vomiter'' Bjarne showcased his set last year. It pays an  homage to British artist Allen Jones's 1969 chair that was part of controversial set.
Bjarne reimagined Allen's four sculptures as black (so original).
In late 60's Allen made three degrading sculptures of women as furniture collection which includes chair,hat stand and table. Allen made other sculptures of women
Kate Moss wearing Bronze  Allen Jones sculpture armour