The fight against the specter of cultural appropriation continues with #ReclaimtheBindi, a social media movement that is challenging westerners to actually think about the significance of the traditional jewelry before donning it for some music festival.
Plenty of Desi women have taken to Twitter and Instagram to proudly show off their bindis over the past two weeks, which also happened to coincide with Coachella weekend, a hotbed for drunk bindi wearing western girls. What many take issue with in regards to the bindi is that westerners aren’t taking the time to actually learn the history behind it. Also, there is the oft-expressed problem that bindis aren’t considered fashionable or attractive on Desi women, but once a white girl is spied sporting one, it’s considered a cool, new trend.
Privileged white people should not just take what they like from a culture and assimilate it to American culture #freethebindi
Of course, any request from a certain group of people for their culture not to be hijacked in an insensitive manner is greeted by the butthurt cries of westerners who just want to ~express~ themselves without having to consider the feelings of the very people “inspiring” them. Because who cares what actual South Asians think about westerners frolicking around Coachella wearing bindis? Acknowledging their concerns would mean having to acknowledge their humanity and who wants to do that anyway? Plus, educating oneself about the cultural significance of anything is as hard as using Google, and so you know, too much of a burden for most people.
There are some who argue that white women wearing bindis can’t be classified as cultural appropriation because the religious connotations and significance have already been lost in some parts of Desi culture. As Anjali Joshi wrote for the Huffington Post last year, “We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that… The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamour that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes its way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol.”
Whichever side you stand on, we think the most important thing here is that perhaps we should start listening and educating ourselves on what these cultural symbols actually mean. Is it really so difficult to at least learn about the culture you’re so inspired by?
Just as we wind down from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target frenzy, the retail world has another designer collaboration for you to get psyched about. According to WWD, Kohl’s DesigNation has chosen Thakoon Panichgul as its next collaborator but don’t get too juiced yet – the limited edition collection isn’t due to hit shelves until the fall.
Priced at under $200, the range will include dresses and separates inspired by his travels to London. “London is a city I have always loved the energy of. The culture is distinctly familiar but also very international,” Panichgul said. “The idea was to bring a certain energy intrinsic to London style to the Thakoon vernacular for Kohl’s.”
It only just stopped being unbearably cold in the northeast, but we can’t help but be a little psyched for fall now that we’ve got this news. We will definitely be watching closely to see what Kohl’s and Thakoon have in store for what will likely be an epic pairing this fall.
Kohl’s has found itself in the news lately with Wisconsin Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Scott Walker dropping the brand name to buttress his “every man” image, proudly proclaiming that his shirts and sweaters are from the retailer. Can we expect to see his wife, Tonette Walker in pieces from Thakoon’s collection on the campaign trail this fall? That is, if Thakoon’s high fashion affiliation and the collection’s London roots aren’t a bit too high class for her humble tastes…
U.S. Vogue has been extremely mysterious lately with our forums not receiving any info regarding the mag’s upcoming cover stars. Names like Bella Hadid and Blake Lively were thrown around in our Cover Rumor Thread for the May 2015 issue, but it turns out that Carey Mulligan is Anna Wintour‘s latest conquest. Mikael Jansson captured the British actress looking rather beautiful in a romantic halter dress with her brunette tresses styled into a neat chignon.
Overall, however, the cover leaves us cold. “Almost identical to Reese’s cover last October. Romantic red lace dress, demure pose and shot by Mikael Jansson in front of a window,” Melancholybaby pointed out.
“The cover is pretty forgettable, the dress nice enough. I don’t like the lack of makeup and her cautious expression,” Nymphaea added.
Forum member narcyza certainly wasn’t feeling it and shared, “I didn’t recognize her. Another very weak cover of Vogue US. I don’t buy it anymore.”
Also not showing support was GlamorousBoy: “Oh God, what a poor, sad, boring cover. She looks ill or like she didn’t sleep well.”
“I don’t like this cover at all. Carey looks lifeless, and the red looks too much like a December holiday cover. Better than April’s cover, but not by much. Please retire, Anna!!” demanded Handbag Queen.
But the mood soon began to shift. “Carey looks beautiful. I like how soft it is! Will definitely be picking this up!” expressed ThatGuyPaul in response.
TeeVanity shared the same attitude. “This is really ravishing, Carey looks beautiful. Happy to see her on the cover again,” he echoed.
Check out Vogue‘s SPECTACULAR review for May 2015 (spoiler: Steven Meisel is back!) inside our thread here.
We already know Kanye West has a lot of thoughts about Kanye West, but to help make sense of them all, the rapper explains himself in a piece for Paper magazine so the world may know what he stands for, what he plans to bring to the world of fashion and why he is so much more than just a music artist. “I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator.”
At the top of his list of innovation opportunities is the fashion world, in which Kanye says he is busy breaking down barriers. He discusses the concept of a “fashion insider,” and why such a title should be done away with, considering that fashion is something we all participate in. “I believe that everyone is a fashion insider because it’s illegal to be naked,” he said. “But in all seriousness, the fashion world can say, ‘Yo, you know what I mean: the inside insiders.’ I saw this article that asked, ‘Should Kanye leave fashion to the professionals?’ That question is really ignorant, in a way, because the second I sell my first T-shirt or my first shoe, doesn’t that make me a professional? And when you sit down with Riccardo Tisci at the Louvre and he pitches the idea of you wearing a leather kilt, which could be considered by all of your gangbanging friends as some sort of a dress or skirt, at that point you are now a part of the fashion world. You have paid your dues to be an insider. I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, ‘What’s your boy got on?'”
Kanye assures us that the collections we’ve seen from him are nothing compared to the collections he plans on blessing us with in the future. “I haven’t even given my College Dropout of clothing yet. We’re still on mixtapes. “
But mostly, Kanye is thankful that he is finally being given the acknowledgement and praise from the fashion world he craved for so long. It seems the rapper is at a turning point in his career in fashion, and he is more hopeful about what he can accomplish now that critics aren’t skewering his work anymore. “I feel very positive about the future. People are starting to recognize and just give me a chance to be looked at, respected and a part of the conversation. I really appreciate that my collection at New York Fashion Week was accepted positively.”
Disrobing for the public is a favorite pastime for a few members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. And for the media exposure-driven family, one good naked or partially nude snap is another opportunity to make waves in the news cycle. Kim Kardashian has pretty much established herself as the queen of the ass shot, having shown us her goods from severaldifferent angles over the past few years. But now, Kendall Jenner is looking to swipe her older sister’s crown. The young reality TV star-cum-model posted a shot to Instagram of what seems to be her own bare ass with a toy car perched on top.
This weekend, the singer posted an image of her outfit for Joan Jett’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, she wore a breast-baring cutout leathery dress, obscuring her nipples with J-emblazoned pink heart-shaped pasties. In the original snap, some fans pointed out Cyrus’ long armpit hair, which the singer acknowledged by reposting an edited image zooming in on her hairy pits. Obviously, Cyrus is not concerned if anyone is grossed out by her naturally-growing body hair, and we can get on board with that.
Last year, Madonna set Instagram ablaze with a photo of her own hairy pit, so it’s clear that the sight of a celebrity sporting fuzzy underarms still has some currency over social media. Miley’s photo has over 279,000 likes and more than 34,000 comments. Who knew folks had so much to say about body hair?
ABC has released yet another promo for the much-anticipated Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer sit-down. This particular spot reveals more about the interview than previousones and is also far less shadowy and hair metal ballad-y. This time, the background music is more hopeful and we get a few more words from Jenner himself.
In this new clip, the Olympian-cum-reality TV dad talks about his large, famous family, saying, “Those are the only ones I’m concerned with. I can’t let myself hurt them.” Of course, the 30-second promo doesn’t elaborate on what is going on in Bruce’s life that could possibly hurt them, so we guess they’re still keeping what some believe is the actual meat of the interview, the details of his rumored transition, a bit of a surprise.
The interview is set to broadcast Friday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. We bet the world will be watching closely to find out the truth about Jenner’s changing appearance and if all the rumors that have been swirling are true or not. In four days, we’ll get our answer.