We’re all aware that cultural appropriation is alive and well. Borrowing from Black art, music and culture is a faux pas committed by many, from Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber.
So fashionistas everywhere were quick to point out that Gucci’s new Resort/Cruise 2018 collection includes some pieces that are incredibly similar to Harlem-based designer Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan.
It’s particularly upsetting given that Gucci was praised for their celebration of diversity, featuring all Black models and dancers in their pre-Fall 2017 campaign.
Essence.com wrote about the uncanny resemblance and online bloggers posted proof. It’s hard to deny the photographic evidence as fashion editor Lindsay R. Peoples posted side-by-side pics on her Instagram account.
Dapper Dan was huge in the ’80s and ’90s and anyone familiar with his work would immediately recognize the fur bomber jacket with enormous logo and printed puffed sleeves as a total rip-off. Dan used the Louis Vuitton logo and Gucci replaced it with their own.
When creative director Alessandro Michele was asked about the Resort/Cruise 2018 line’s inspiration, he listed the Mediterranean, Greek and Roman cultures and Los Angeles as influences. But oddly enough, no mention of Dapper Dan.
Dan has dressed A-listers in the hip hop game for years, including LL Cool J, Sean P. Diddy Combs and Busta Rhymes in his unique, logo-laden creations.
Due to his unlawful use of major fashion house logos, Dapper Dan was targeted for copyright infringement, and his shop was shut down in 1992.
Dan still designs for private clients and even Louis Vuitton listed him as an inspiration behind a collaboration they did with popular shoe brand, Supreme. If only Gucci had done the same then we’d be Gucci.
LingeRIH: Rihanna In Talks To Launch Her Own Line Of Intimates
Rihanna is definitely one of the sexiest chicks in the game, so it’s not surprising that she is rumored to be launching a line of lingerie. According to WWD, the pop star, who has made her presence known in the fashion and beauty world with her namesake cosmetic and apparel collections has struck a deal with Tech Style for a line of intimates.
Rihanna reportedly inked a partnership with the Fashion Group, which is already home to successful brands like Fabletics, ShoeDazzle and Just Fab. TechStyle Fashion Group’s partnership with Rihanna wouldn’t be the company’s latest celebrity team-up, as Fabletics already scored a partnership with actress Kate Hudson and singer Demi Lovato, and ShoeDazzle (co-founded by Kim Kardashian, Brian Lee and Robert Shapiro) collaborated with actress-singer Keke Palmer.
The Rihanna-helmed lingerie line hasn’t received an official release date, but samples have already been produced, according to the report. In the meantime Rih is readying the release of her FENTYxPUMA collaboration.
Just last week she announced that she’ll be merging the two brands to launch a joint collection and debuted photos of models sporting the athleisure line in the middle of a desert.
The joint collection will be available for purchase on March 15.
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