Two Tribes: Culture Wars Rage On The Paris Catwalk
The culture war has come to the catwalk
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Sep, 2019 ) :The culture war has come to the catwalk.
Slimane even fears that this "disguised neo-conservatism" is threatening "the fundamental liberty to create".
"Demagogic political correctness has become a kind of tragic tyranny of the literal," he declared in a rare interview last month.
Vaccarello went further on the eve of Paris fashion week, saying "it is impossible now to have an opinion that goes against" the herd.
The Belgian also railed against the "PR of quotas, which counts the number of people of colour in a show".
Both men have been mauled by feminists in recent seasons -- Vaccarello over "porno chic" ads that the French regulators said were degrading to women, and Slimane for thrashing the artful legacy of British designer Phoebe Philo, his predecessor at Celine.
- 'You can't say anything' - Her fans, known as the "Philophiles", savaged the reclusive designer, with the Hollywood Reporter asking, "Is Hedi Slimane the Donald Trump of fashion?" while the Financial Times branded his look "super-skinny and near exclusively white".
Both men's closeness to French screen legend Catherine Deneuve, who defended men's "right to pester women" at the height of the #MeToo movement, did not go unnoticed by their critics.
"You can't say or do anything anymore," Richard Rene of Guy Laroche told AFP after his show Wednesday, which celebrated a notorious Paris madam who pimped former models to visiting heads of state.
The contrast with Dior, which has become a standard-bearer of feminist activism under its first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, could not be more stark.
On Tuesday Chiuri embraced climate activism and the need for action "if humanity is to survive", sending out models in Greta Thunberg plaits.
But the following day, the brand's billionaire owner Bernard Arnault, the world's second richest man, called out the Swedish teenager for "surrendering to total catastrophism... that is likely to demoralise the young. She doesn't offer anything other than criticism," he told reporters.
Minutes earlier the famously green British designer Stella McCartney, Arnault's new personal advisor on sustainability, had been urging executives of his LVMH group to factor the fight against climate change into their thinking.
- 'The battle's not finished' -Beyond Dior, Stella McCartney, rising young French upcycler Marine Serre and the American Rick Owens, a growing band of brands are banking on empowerment and the environment to win them a new generation of "woke", socially aware customers.