Campos, who was inspired to be a fashion designer by his father who was a master tailer, launched his first collection in 2007. His show this year had a few celebs in attendance including Whoopi Goldberg. Campos’ use of turtlenecks shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone paying attention to the latest trends since it is one of the hottest looks right now.
Here’s a clip of the show, and check out the music. Juan Gabriel would be proud.
Campos has used his platform as a fashion designer to bring attention to the immigration debate surrounding Dreamers and DACA recipients. He came to the U.S. without documentation when he was only 13 but has since changed his status.
“I am the perfect example of the American dream,” Carlos told AFP News. “I am a dreamer and I will continue to be.” He also said: “I sympathize with them because I lived this situation for many years. “It’s very sad to see them in that situation ― we all deserve an opportunity.”
If you’re doubting for a second that Juan Gabriel would ever wear Carlos Campos today, check out this fly outfit.
Fashion brand Louis Vuitton is under scrutiny from the Mexican government after allegedly using indigenous designs on the cover of a chair that’s being sold for over $18,000. The Mexican government called them out for cultural appropriation and for taking the designs from an indigenous community.
This comes only a couple weeks after the Mexican government called out fashion designer Carolina Herrera for appropriation as well.
According to the Daily Mail, “Culture Minister Alejandra Fausto sent a letter dated July 5 questioning Louis Vuitton’s use of a traditional Mexican pattern in the design of a chair that retails for $18,200.” Fausto states in the letter than the artistic pattern belong to the indigenous community of Tenango de Doria.
“Each piece is unique and unrepeatable,” Fausto writes in the letter. “And at the same time, it is a result of the continuity of the work of many generations who transmit knowledge, skills, and creativity.
On its website, however, Louis Vuitton writes, “LV partnered with award-winning designer duo Raw Edges, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, to create this Dolls limited-edition chair. Sculptural in design, this avant-garde piece marries a deep green base and seat with a contrasting tropical-print shell.”
Tropical print? Sounds suspect.
“The designers took their inspiration from traditional crafts from all over the globe and the House’s rich travel heritage,” the statement on their website goes on to say.
Days after receiving the letter from Fausto, El Universal reported that Louis Vuitton insists the brand was actually collaborating with Mexican artisans––despite that piece of information not being explicit on their website. The brand tells El Universal that they’re “currently in a relationship with artisans of Tenango de Doria in the state of Hidalgo, with the perspective of collaborating together to produce this collection.” They did not provide any further details.
Although Louis Vuitton hasn’t yet addressed the letter, they did remove the chair in question from the website. All the other products from the partnership with Raw Edges are still available for purchase.
The chair in question is still on the Raw Edges Instagram account. A quick scroll through the comments and one will find many users calling them out for stealing these designs from indigenous communities from Mexico.
Earlier in June, Mexico News Daily reported that Fausto reached out Carolina Herrera accusing the fashion designer of using designs of indigenous communities in three states.
Fausto accused Carolina Herrera of liberally copying several articles of clothing that were featured in Herrera’s 2020 collection–not giving credit where it was due.
“This pattern comes from the community of Tenango de Doria in Hidalgo. Contained in these patterns is the very history of the community, and each element has special personal, familial, and communal significance,” wrote Fausto in the letter sent to Herrera.
Reuters also reported that “Mexico’s ruling leftist National Regeneration Movement has been planning legislation to protect indigenous communities from plagiarism and having their work used by others without receiving fair compensation.”
According to a new report from the Centre for International Governance Innovation, “Traditional cultural expressions ‘are undeniably’ forms of intellectual property but are largely excluded from existing protections offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization.”
This is all part of a larger movement from organizations working toward tougher intellectual property laws in order to protect indigenous communities from cultural appropriation. During a time when fast fashion is so prevalent in the fashion industry and when high profile designers have the means to appropriate from other cultures without facing repercussions, it’s important to protect indigenous communities and artists from having their work stolen, repurposed, and sold for more money without seeing any of that profit.
According to Mexico News Daily, Susan Harp who heads the Culture Commission in Congress, said, “These communities are asking for respect, they’re not [necessarily] asking for money. They want designers to come to them and ask for their permission.”
The letter that Fausto sent to Louis Vuitton read, “We feel obliged to ask, in a respectful manner, if for the elaboration of the chair you mentioned you sought and, in this case, worked together with the community and its artists.”
This isn’t the first time that major designers, fashion designers, and clothing lines have been found copying and appropriating indigenous Mexican designs.
For example, Zara, Mango, Etoile, Michael Kors, and Isabel Marant have all been criticized for this in the past.
While high profile fashion designers have a history of appropriating and incorporating indigenous patterns and designs into their collections and products, it’s important and necessary that cultural institutions from other counties are calling these brands out in efforts to stop this from happening again.
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Sleek Makeup is has become a sleeper hit on the internet, regularly being praised as one of the best brands out there for women of color. Their highly-pigmented bronzer/blush palette is a cult favorite and you can now buy it at your local Target or online.
16. Lancome Le French Bronzer
Lancome has recently stepped up their makeup game for WOC and now, many of their products look great on darker skin. That includes their limited edition Le French bronzer that has four different shades in one compact for a range of skin tones. Buy here.
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