Every year has its fair share of controversies that end up defining its entirety. This year was no different. With both, reasons to cheer and diss, the year gone by was high on drama, especially for the fashion world. Here are five times the glittery and dynamic world managed to offend people in 2016:
1. Priyanka Chopra’s Conde Nast cover
Just when it seemed Piggy Chops could do no wrong, came Conde Nast’s October-November issue. Sporting a white tank top with the words, migrant, refugee and outsider struck off, Chopra’s Conde Nast stint highlighted the word traveller, and gave birth to an ocean of criticism.The cover came under fire for the its insensitive, privileged message and was also accused of being smeared in the worst breed of ignorance. Such were the reactions to the cover that both Chopra and Conde Nast had to explain their stand.
“I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels,” the Quantico actress was quoted as telling NDTV.
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Whereas the magazine’s official statement read, “At Conde Nast Traveller, we believe that the opening up of borders and the breaking down of walls can help us discover the world, and open up our minds and hearts. So, when we had actor Priyanka Chopra wear a T-shirt we created on the cover of the 6th anniversary issue, we had a point to make.”All said and done, Conde Nast and Priyanka Chopra kinda missed the point.
2. Shantanu & Nikhil’s pellet injury effect
The recently concluded GQ Fashion Nights was to be a celebration of all things creative, but designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil’s collection Kashmiriyat, managed to anger quite a few, including politician Omar Abdullah. For the showcase of their collection, the designers thought it okay to create a “bullet pellet effect” on the models and tweet about it.
Shantanu & Nikhil’s ‘pellet injusry effect’ didn’t go down well with many. Picture courtesy: Facebook/Shantanu & Nikhil
“Am I reading this correctly, a pellet injury “effect” is being created for a fashion show? That seems macabre if not downright thoughtless,” an evidently miffed Abdullah tweeted, before he continued in a series of tweets about the same.
“These pellets have blinded scores, to have the injuries recreated for a fashion show is inexplicable even if collection called Kashmiriyat,” his second tweet read. Also Read: Narendra Modi is making Nehru jackets trendy again, feels this eminent Indian designer
While his third tweet went on to say, “Are any part of the proceeds of the show or the “Kashmiriyat” collection going to help rehabilitate any of the victims of the pellets?”
Things got worse when GQ deleted the offensive tweet in question, without issuing an apology for the same.
3. St Xavier’s ban on ripped clothing
Ripped jeans and clothes were all the rage in 2016. From film stars to college kids, everyone was seen sporting the ‘trend’. But the fashion fad didn’t go down well with St Xavier’s College, Mumbai that imposed a ban on ripped clothing saying it mocked the poor and put the college authorities in an “embarrassing position.”
St Xavier’s College Mumbai banned ripped clothing saying it made fun of poor. Picture courtesy: Pinterest
“This is an attack on our personal space. What we want to wear is our decision. Why should the college interfere?” a BA student was quoted as telling Mid-Day.
4. Marc Jacobs’ cultural appropriation controversy
Designer Marc Jacobs’ showcase at the New York Fashion Week did not go down well with many. With faces like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner walking the ramp sporting colourful dreadlocks, Jacobs was accused of cultural appropriation and being ignorant towards the idea of race and colour.
Gigi Hadid walking for Marc Jacobs. Photo: Reuters
An Instagram comment by the designer made matters worse. “All who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner–funny how you don’t criticise women of colour for straightening their hair,” he wrote as he went ahead and said he doesn’t see “colour or race” but just “people”.
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Outrage followed and subsequently, Jacobs’ apology.
5. Melania’s pussy-bow blouse
How a man accused of jarring sexual misconduct went on to become USA’s President-elect remains beyond human understanding. Donald Trump’s infamous ‘locker room banter’ and #pussygate episode found a rather strange depiction in Melania Trump’s wardrobe. And the ever-so-attentive Twitterati was quick to call it out.
Melania Trump was seen wearing a pink, pussy-bow blouse during the second Presidential Debate–just days after Trump’s ‘Grab ’em by the pus*sy’ tapes were released.
Melania Trump’s pussy-bow blouse became a part of conversations. Photo: Reuters
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Some saw the blouse as Melania’s way of expressing solidarity towards the feminist movement (Margaret Thatcher wore the blouse to add a feminine touch to board rooms dominated by men), others hailed it as an unfortunate irony. All in all, 2016 was a year that let fashion do the talking–often, the wrong kind.