Influencer-Favorite Label Ganni Is Under Fire For Its Tone-Deaf Fashion Show

Photo via @ganni Instagram.

It definitely missed the mark

There's no denying that Scandinavian fashion is having a big moment. Over the past few years, a number of brands have swiftly infiltrated American (and global) fashion, from the likes of Copenhagen label Stine Goya to H&M's cooler older sister brand, Stockholm, Sweden-based & Other Stories. But if there's one brand in particular that has quickly risen to cult-favorite status, prominently featured on the Instagram accounts of both influencers and fashion editors alike, it's Copenhagen-based Ganni. Recently, though, the brand has come under fire for its Copenhagen Fashion Week show, which some have called out for being tone-deaf.

For the brand's Fall 2019 collection titled "Life On Earth," it intended to showcase all that planet Earth has to offer, touching on Copenhagen Fashion Week's pretty prominent theme of sustainability. In doing so, it teamed up with National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, using her photos as the collection's backdrop. The subjects of these images included nature shots, wild animals, and people from all over the globe—including a photos of underprivileged women and children of color. And, rightfully so, it's receiving a lot of backlash for the latter, especially from women of color.

Where did Ganni miss the mark here? While we're sure the intentions were good, for a brand that sells dresses priced upwards of $600 and doesn't have any sort of known philanthropic actions in place, it's unclear where the backdrop of the underprivileged individuals fit into this story. Not to mention, out of the 30-plus looks, only a handful of models were women of color. By showing this supposedly worldly collection on an almost all-white cast, whatever message it was trying to send was clearly lost.

The brand has since released the following statement to Fashionista:

At Ganni it is always our mission to celebrate women around the world. For the Ganni FW19 show, we drew inspiration from the beauty of life on earth and wanted to portray the diversity and connectivity we share on this planet. To illustrate this, we collaborated with photographer Ami Vitale on our set design. Ami has dedicated her life to documenting and amplifying stories of all forms of life. While well intentioned, we now understand the sensitivities we've broached by showing our collection within the context of these images. We sincerely apologize for this, as it was never our intention. We will learn from this mistake and we promise to turn your invaluable insight into action so that we can do better in the future.

In the year 2019, it's still pretty baffling to see brands continue to make tone-deaf missteps in everything from campaigns and runway shows down to the designs themselves. And, while we can understand what the brand's original intentions were, we just hope it (and others) do better going forward.

We've reached out to Ganni for comment and will update this story once we hear back

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.