SS State of the Union: WOKE AF!

#BlackHistory365

blackface turtlenecks. GUCCI.

blackface-keychain figurines. PRADA.

blackface figures seen in minstrel shows. MONCLER.

… a hoodie with noose around the neck? really BURBERRY?

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Throw the whole “high-fashion” industry away! Why are we continuously still having these conversations? Why are black people still investing our hard-earned money into high fashion brands who endorse propaganda? — “luxury” brands making a mockery of our culture, stealing our ideas, and attempting to mimic our creativity. STILL!

Might I submit for your consideration: Gucci FW 2016. “the Imitation Collection”— when designers sent, Sonique Saturday handbag concepts down a runway during Milan Fashion Week. with no recognition/ no compensation for your girl.

I mean if these brands want to be black so bad; why not invest into black designers and creative directors? If these brands want to promote our heritage so much; why are we spending hundreds of dollars to rock their depiction of our struggles, stitched with their labels? If our culture is so marketable, why not make purchases from black-owned businesses? Thats why black owned brands have come and gone… a lack of support.

Why does black culture consistently have to promote awareness on the importance of supporting each others business endeavors - when really, this should be given! Black people want a reward for supporting black businesses. This gives us economical power and freedom. You investing in your own creative pioneers gives them the ability to make change in fashion. Fashion is a money game. Why do we have to convince one another to support our own?

Do you actually support or just say you do for clout?

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"If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: 'one shouldn’t do that' - that is bourgeois."

R.I.P. Karl Lagerfeld: a Fashion Icon.