We’ve discussed cultural appropriation here before, in great detail in fact, after H&M made the glaring error of stocking Native American headdresses. It’s a subject we keep circling, whether we’re discussing headdresses, bindis or even language, but now one Canadian music festival is putting an end to it all by banning the wearing of feathered headdresses at its event.
British Columbia’s Bass Coast Festival, which takes place on aboriginal ground no less, has issued a request that all festival-goers please leave their hipster war bonnets at home. You’ve probably already come across the news that’s reverberated across global media, where the majority of commentators have been applauding the festival’s stance. I’m in the same bracket, which is why in honour of Bass Coast’s landmark decision, I’m including some examples of hipster headpieces you can wear without causing offence, courtesy of made-in-Canada brand Headmistress.
Headmistress was founded by Toronto-based designer Jillian Wood, who prides herself on creating innovative accessories, ranging from flower clips and hippie bands to fur pieces made from upcycled vintage coats. Every piece is handmade and, more importantly, won’t cause offence as you shimmy and shake your way through summer. Let’s keep it PC people…
Clockwise from top left: Pink floral crown, $24; Red, white and blue floral crown, $24; Gray headband made with lightweight mesh, $17; Fiesta bouquet headband, $20; Peach and aqua feather clip, $15; Coral flower and feather headband, $19
We all do some silly things after we’ve had a few drinks, but it’s pretty certain that few involve agreeing to model at Paris Fashion Week wearing nothing but a bejewelled thong and a splash of body paint graffiti — that is unless you’re Edie Campbell.
The doll-faced British beauty admitted in an interview with the Telegraph that she was, in fact, a bit drunk when Marc Jacobs approached her to open his final show for Louis Vuitton in 2013. “I’d had quite a few mojitos by that point so I was just agreeing to anything,” she says. “They said, ‘Perfect! Come to the studio tomorrow so we can fit your jewelled thong.’”
Of course, being Marc Jacobs, nothing is as simple as it sounds and Edie remarked on how she actually had to stand for seven hours while her body was painted with the LV monogram. “I was exhausted — I’d had about six hours’ sleep in three days — and I couldn’t sit down while I was being painted,” she says. “The guy painting the type just completely lost the plot and kept spelling words wrong, so would have to rub it out and start again. By the end I was being held up by two assistants. It was incredibly stressful.”
Stressful it may have been, but it was certainly memorable and a far cry from her pared back look that she channels in other campaigns, such as Burberry and her recently revealed Fall 2014 images for Lanvin with the rest of her family and boyfriend Otis Ferry.
Her favourite outfit has to be her riding gear, though, and Ms. Campbell will be donning her riding boots and crop again this week to race at the Glorious Goodwood Ladies Charity Race. Seeing as she won the Magnolia Cup last year, let’s hope she stays away from the mojitos and holds on to her title.
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She has steadily become a force to be reckoned with in the world of modeling and now Kate Upton has scored an all-important September cover. The American beauty stars on UK Elle‘s latest installment posing on a studio floor wearing an outfit from Prada‘s Fall 2014 collection. Photographed by Matt Jones, Kate is also featured inside the magazine wearing the season’s most coveted looks from the likes of Christian Dior, Burberry and Chloe.
IMAGE CREDIT: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Unfortunately, the cover hasn’t gone over well with our forum members. “I am very disappointed… it bores me to death,” wrote GlamorousBoy.
“It really is boring. Matt Jones usually does more fun stuff, outside of the studio. Hope the editorial will be more like that,” posted an optimistic KateTheGreatest.
LastNight is left unimpressed and commented, “It’s a nice shot of Kate and she looks beautiful – it’s just not a great shot for a cover. This new design Elle has going on is awful, it looks so cheap and ruins any image they use. A few years back they were producing really lovely covers with much nicer design, now it’s all so…forgettable and dull.”
Another non-admirer was honeycombchild: “Hm. I’m not a fan, and the angle doesn’t look too flattering on her face. How [un]eventful for a September cover.”
“Bit of a dull cover for a September issue, and the angle of the picture isn’t the greatest. Shame really, I’ve liked other covers I’ve seen with Kate Upton, she’s quite pretty. Hopefully the editorial is much nicer,” said an unsatisfied YoninahAliza.
“It does look like a catalogue shot no question about it, uneventful. I’m still struggling to understand Upton’s appeal…” declared Abracadabra.
Who’s betting there’s a more compelling image of Kate inside the magazine that would have made for a better cover? Await the content and share your own opinion here.
No music festival is complete without a very offensive gaggle of hipsters twirling about in neon face paint and elaborate Native American-inspired headdresses (right Vanessa Hudgens and Alessandra Ambrosio?). But it sounds like Canada’s Bass Coast Festival will have to do without this year, as the event organizers have asked show-goers to ditch the offensive regalia.
This year, Bass Coast is being held in Nicola Valley, British Columbia, which is considered First Nations land (technically, all of Canada is First Nations land…eh, let’s not go there) and organizers are imploring attendees to please be respectful of the culture of the people on whose lands they’ll be partying for four days.
“We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets,” organizers wrote in the FAQ section of the festival’s site. “They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated. Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.”
I am inclined to give the folks at Bass Coast many side-snaps for this decision. Time and time again we’ve run into cultural appropriation issues around the Native American headdress, and it seems as if people either simply don’t understand why it’s offensive, or (more likely) don’t care that it is. Several Native groups have come out to explain why the headgear issue is such an important and sensitive one, but attempts to get people to stop wearing the darn things outside of their proper context haven’t been as successful as we’d like. It seems pretty simple: If someone tells you you’re doing something that offends them and undermines their culture, you stop. But not everyone gets that.
Bass Coast found a simple solution for a rampant issue by eliminating the problem entirely. No headdresses, no potential for being disrespectful. Who knew it was so easy?
Hopefully, American music festivals will take similar actions when organizing events for next year. Coachella, your move.
[h/t The Guardian]
Chloe is escaping the chilly weather for its Fall 2014 advertising campaign in search of some sun in the countryside. Models Andreea Diaconu and Sasha Pivovarova are captured by Dutch photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin as they go off on a carefree expedition down country roads via luscious scenery. The campaign marks a first for both models, who’ve never fronted a campaign for the French fashion house before, and our forum members are just loving the casting this season.
IMAGE CREDIT: SPUR MAG DIGITAL VIA THE FORUMS
The thread is ablaze with love for the sun-drenched photos. “What a perfect duo! Is nice to see Sasha and Andreea together for Chloe. They really fit this brand. Just fresh and beautiful,” wrote narcyza.
“Oh wow this cast is a dream. These shots are stellar and I’m glad they have that old-school Chloé vibe like last season’s. Keep ‘em comin,” enthused Elfinkova.
Everyone is loving Andreea and Sasha together. “YESSSS! Stellar cast! Looks so good!” proclaimed miguelalmeida.
“This is beautiful and soo much better casting than last season!” commented gossiping.
Although not everyone is feeling the new campaign, with a few members on the fence. “It may be banal and already seen, but it perfectly captures Chloe’s DNA, so I won’t complain,” posted an undecided 5 8 6.
Another member questioning the images was kokobombon: “I´m glad that Sasha got a campaign but how many times do we need to see two girls running on a field?”
Are you a fan? See inside the thread for a couple more campaign images and share your own opinion here. Or sneak a peek at the teaser, below: