Words by Alba Tarragó
March 10th, 2017
French luxury brand Saint Laurent has been asked to modify two ads from its latest campaign. The images in question provoked a wave of complaints: 50 of them were presented to the attention of the advertising watchdog, Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (ARPP) in France. After that, the institution asked the fashion house to change the commercials.
The ads caused uproar on social media and were considered to be “degrading to women”. One of them starred a woman wearing fishnet tights with her legs spread wide on a fur coat. The second one showed a model wearing roller skate stilettos bending over a stool. It has yet to be decided whether the images will have to be withdrawn or if the whole campaign will need to be changed. You can view the images in the slideshow below.
Nike revealed this week that it will be launching a professional hijab aimed at female Muslim athletes next year. After being tested by professional sportswomen such as figure skater Zahra Lari, the company announced that the sports accessory will be available from spring 2018.
The Nike Pro Hijab consists of a single-layer pull-on design and is made from lightweight polyester which includes tiny holes, making it breathable while remaining opaque- a requirement for women who wear the hijab.
It was just weeks ago that Nike released a video advertisement featuring Muslim women wearing traditional clothing combined with sportswear while practising different kinds of sport. The aim was to celebrate the victory of five Muslim athletes and, at the same time, to encourage them, as in many of their countries, such as Saudi Arabia, they are not allowed to go to the gym or take part in physical education. You can watch the ad below.
Paris Fashion Week came to a close this week with three of the most awaited brands showing their Autumn/Winter ’17 collections: Chanel, Stella McCartney and Hermès. Chanel’s show was a visual feast, as to be expected from Karl Lagerfeld. It started with a spaceship no less in the middle of the Grand Palais, which emphasised the space theme throughout the collection. The models combined traditional Chanel apparel with futurist elements, such as aluminium foil blankets or XL space sunglasses.
Meanwhile, Stella McCartney, known for her vegan designs, debuted a new collection betting again on “Skin-Free Skin” clothes and accessories. Throughout the show, we could see menswear-inspired tailoring, illustrations of horses and predominance of the colour camel.
For its part, Hermès put its traditional style aside thanks to Nadege Vanhee-Cybulsk’s colourful collection which contained fresh trends such as choker necklaces and beanie hats.
Thousands of people marched through the centre of Dublin this week in support of The Abortion Rights Campaign. The march, which aptly coincided with International Women’s Day, was organised by the Pro-Choice organisation, calling for a referendum on the 8th Amendment to allow women safe and legal abortion in Ireland. Those in favour of the cause descended on the capital city with many wearing clothing which showed their support with the word “Repeal” emblazoned on t-shirts and jumpers. The jumpers in question are a part of The Repeal Project which launched last year, with all proceeds of the sales going to the Abortion Rights Campaign. While they are currently out of stock due to their popularity, they will be available to purchase again in the future.
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