Azealia Banks has quite a relationship with fashion. Her unique look has earned praise from fashionistas, and over the summer, she was anointed the face of Alexander Wang’s T diffusion line. She also had her very own shade of limited edition lipstick from MAC. Now, the outspoken rapper, known for her Twitter tiffs with other artists, has turned her rage to Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, accusing the designers of racism.
Banks was incensed that D&G used “black mammie” imagery its new line, declaring her commitment to boycotting the brand.
She tweeted: “Whoever designed that racist ass Dolce and Gabanna collection needs a swift kick in the mouth…” She also posted something else that was really vulgar, but we left that part off. But clearly, the collection inspired Banks’ ire. Read more…
Game over, everybody. Solange Knowles, in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana baroque and just dripping in gold, wins. It’s terrycloth sweatpants and old sports bras for me from here on out.
Update 9/27/12: Following the controversy over these earrings, Dolce & Gabbana has given an explanation: the jewelry is “a reference to Sicily’s traditional Moorish-inspired artifacts.” Vogue UK explains, “The show jewellery is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily.” [Vogue UK]
Lots of conversation in The Frisky offices just now about whether these Dolce And Gabbana earrings of a black woman with a basket of fruit on her head are straight-up racist or just … odd. On the one hand, the earrings depict a very stereotypical, some might say colonialist, idea of a black woman: very dark skin, a head scarf wrapped on her head, the basket of fruit. The earrings are worn by a model who appears at first glance to be Caucasian and Dolce and Gabbana is a European luxury company, which makes it seem as if wearing “black women’s heads as earrings” is a fashion statement about how “exotic” black people are. (Another “exotic” example? Victoria Secret’s “Sexy Little Geisha” outfit.) And it’s not just the earrings that raised eyebrows; style blog Refinery 29 reports Dolce and Gabbana’s spring 2013 collection included “burlap dresses” and “fruit cornucopias” which suggested an ode to “a long-lost colonial era.” Keep reading »
“Yeah, she’s upcoming after 15 years doing nothing!! Hahahaha … Aaaaaaa …… I see you appreciate nonentities!! Bravo!”
– Stefano Gabbana, of fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, had a little Twitter convo with friend Fabio Viscovo, in which he pretends not to know who Stella McCartney is only to acknowledge her with these two biting statements. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Even the housewives on Bravo never looked this good while performing their mundane tasks, but Stefano Gabbana maintains that the down-to-earth quality of the ordinary woman was the inspiration for the fall Dolce & Gabbana ads featuring Madonna. The images, which were shot by Steven Klein in Harlem, were inspired by the Italian classic film “Mamma Roma” and continue the story of Madonna’s spring ads with the fashion house. “We wanted to continue pushing our current message that shows fashion’s more human nature and our heritage. This is yet another tassel of that mosaic,” said Gabbana. “We believe the campaign is comforting and that people will somehow identify themselves in the images, which again display a more human and approachable side of Madonna,” he added. In the ads, Madonna has a strange moment with a baby, wrangles some chickens, has a skirt hemmed, and goes grocery shopping — all while looking quite extraordinary thanks to the power of designer fashions, great photography, and Photoshop. More photos after the jump. [WWD, Absolument Madonna] Keep reading »
Jak & Jil photographer blogger Tommy Ton was in Milan covering the menswear shows for Style.com and captured all the male model hottttieeesss who walked in the Dolce & Gabbana runway show on the streets as they were leaving the venue. I say, DAYUM. Today’s lesson: It is hard to type and wipe the drool off your chin at the same time. I don’t know who this glum-looking Clark Kent is, but please send one, stat. Check out more fly boys at Jak & Jil. [Jak & Jil] Keep reading »
Frankly, I don’t really care that much one way or the other about the latest season of menswear from Dolce & Gabbana, but when it comes to their ad campaigns, suffice to say, I like to keep a close eye on the latest. Thankfully, the fall 2010 series are no different: they feature totally hot guys sometimes in their underwear. Really, there is not a lot more in life that a woman can ask for, is there? If you’d like to soften your desire to objectify the opposite sex, the men you see here are named Sam Webb, Adam Senn, Arthur Kulkov, Evandro Soldati, and Noah Mills, who’s that hot dude from “Sex and the City 2.” If you want to see more of the boys getting all sartorial, Fashionisto has the rest. [Fashionisto] Keep reading »
Is it ever too early in the day to watch male dancers grapple in a Dolce & Gabbana video? We thinks not. Starring scantily clad dancers from the Rambert Dance Company, this fashion spot for Wonderland
magazine is easy on the eyes, indeed. For a moment, I wondered what their names are, but then I remembered it doesn’t really matter. [Fashin
] Keep reading »
We’d love to give our sad drawer full of worn-out granny panties a designer makeover, but that would be fairly expensive. Thank God for online outlet stores, where we can find gorgeous, silk floral briefs that originally cost $130 at a fraction of the price. These aren’t just pretty and comfy-looking; no one would kick them out of bed, that’s for sure.
Ah, Madonna. So elusive. So enigmatic. So impenetrable. If only she weren’t wearing those dark sunglasses all the time! Then maybe we would know her. Or perhaps not. If you want to throw shade like the Material Girl, you can now, thanks to the fact that Miss M and Dolce & Gabbana are collaborating on a line of sunglasses. The brand-within-a-brand will be called MDG (which sort of sounds like a gyno office, but whatever), the shades will go for $248 to $289 a pair, and the sexy campaign was shot by Steven Klein (natch). “[Madonna] is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception,” spews Stefano Gabbana. But will wearing them make you super famous? Maybe. [WWD] Keep reading »