Monday, March 18, 2013

Indian Feathers: Edgy or Offensive?

I heart Michelle Williams. I buy into her sympathetic appeal, her blonde pixie hair do and her adorable little lisp. I imagine we would be friends if I met her at a bar when she was here in Portland filming Meek’s Cutoff. Recently, she had this controversial cover on anOther magazine where folks have purported she dressed up in Native American Indian garb and in "redface."
I love the photo and it's costume-like imagery appeal. I don't see her in redface but more embodying an inspired look from the pioneer era. Unlike Johnny Depp and his Tonto Misstep in The Lone Ranger.
Refinery29 had this to say: "(She) appears to mimic the stark relief of facial features often seen in early portraits of Native American women." And Jezebel writes: "Just as Blackface is never okay, Redface is never okay…stop supporting cliché images of American Indians. Racism is racism no matter what era of our history you attempt to portray, or what lens or filter you use."
Since when does a feather in a braid become racially and culturally offensive? Does the American Indian have a trademark on that look?
I mean, I never TM'd my bangs, DID I?!?! (Although I often wish I had—Zooey Dechanel would be paying my mortgage.) I think Michelle looks edgy and interesting and it's not like she's Karlie Kloss horse-stomping down the runway in a giant Village People Indian headdress atop her lingeried self. I guess my rule is, if it looks editorial and artfully fashionable and you're not Al Jolson singing "Swanee" on a stoop eating watermelon, you're okay.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Oh...And a how do YOU do?

This is my official introduction wherein I doff my hat and say "HELLO AUDIENCE OF ZERO!!" Welcome to my blog. In starting this bad boy, my street cred lies in years spent in the fashion trenches as a Collection Coordinator for New York Fashion Week. I've worked in a multitude of other production and style consulting positions for designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Rowley, All-Star Project Runway Winner Daniel Vosovic, Rad Hourani, Risto and Nordic: NY. I have lived in Portland for six years now and have worked as the Designer Specialist for Dolce & Gabbana and am presently freelancing as a Stylist. My intention here is to simply highlight my favorite things, post controversial fashiony news, explore upcoming trends and to upchuck general pop-culture tidbits. Enjoy and keep stopping by!