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  • oh dear… I have to admit I like slide 29, the african masks with tribal marks. I could rock that with traditional attire but I’d rather source things of this nature from local businesses.

  • Mya Wilkes

    So much going on.

  • I like all ideas

    We have reached a stage in our global community where uni students are not to wear large hats for fear of insulting the descendants of those original nameless people who originally invented the sombrero; Japanese activists target art lovers who dare to try on a Japanese- manufactured gown, in honour of high art, and women tourists are warned off even making a single sound through an aboriginal didgeridoo because the men appropriated it from the female inventors thousands of years ago.
    This is a smart Alec opposite of globalism.. conducted dressed in denim jeans, over the Internet, in the intellectual language of the modern student. Progress just ate itself. Your genetics are apparently all you get for culture, set in artistic stone. Yet the human impulse is to share and learn. Activists in jeans, on aeroplanes, deciding that certain people must be lobbied or smeared or banned as they are ‘too genetic’ to enjoy or understand any type of human cultural exchange or development from historical positions. Now that’s true racism.

    • Stina Sias

      I see your point and I mostly agree with you but there are times when designers can be particularly insensitive. When I bought my first Louis Vuitton the theme in the store was “exotic travel” and I felt that a lot of the photos in the store were extremely classist :/ It’s not right for designers to basically steal the intellectual property of indigenous tribes and give nothing back to them.

    • Sophie Proust

      This is a reductionist, bizarrely defensive reaction to cultural appropriation, a concept which I’m not sure you grasp, since you equate it with globalism. “The human impulse to share and learn” — as you call it — can’t occur in a vacuum; if it does, it cannot be guileless.

      Let’s get this straight: the whole idea of cultural appropriation is that elements are copied from a minority culture by members of a dominant culture. These elements are used outside of their original cultural context and, in the process, are often distorted, to the point of being disrespectful to the minority culture.

      In your view, however, anyone who takes issue with cultural appropriation is a “true” racist.

      Makes perfect sense. Bravo.

  • Yazi

    Wow. That cheetah leather tote is gorgeous.

  • diorcouture3

    These designs are so ugly and don’t even need recognition. I mean also the lack of diversity in the casting is sad.

    Why isn’t there more runway reports from more modern designers like Balenciaga or Miu miu?

    • Balenciaga only showed a couple of bags on the runway and we’ve found that, in general, readers respond with more interest to Valentino than Miu Miu.

    • Yuri J Kim

      I like some of the bags aesthetically speaking, but I agree– it rubs me the wrong way that despite the theme, the vast majority of the models were white.

  • FashionableLena

    Love #31. At least I know where my won’t be spent.

  • Passerine

    I like what they’ve done with the My Rockstud bag, especially in the first photo, but also in photos 8, 20, and 28. The beadwork on the black My Rockstud is attractive without being too OTT.
    I do hope that Valentino is involving African artisans in the bags’ production. Seems only fair.

  • kindled

    I have to say that I think your intro to this is spot on and a really excellent summary of how cultural appropriation happens in fashion and when it can be done as a tribute vs. a gimmick. Just all around insightful and well-thought out take on it.

    • I appreciate it! It’s such a complex issue, and so important.

  • Sparky

    Doesn’t work because the result is not an “influence” or “inspiration”. This is slapping motifs on your existing designs or making your existing designs from different materials. I’ve seen a lot of East meets West efforts (or similar) and they only work when there is no distinction between the two aesthetics. The effect should be seamless.

    This collection is not seamless. Looks like merchandise you get in duty free souvenir shops.

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  • Sparkletastic

    I appreciate the thoughtful intro to the post and the insight in many of the comments.

    But, let me be the 3 year old today: Yuck and more yuck! I really don’t care for these bags at all. The mini masks look tacked on and seem to have no design thought. The beading is meh at best and messy at worst. And there isn’t an interesting shape in the bunch.

    So, again I say…yuck!

  • Canuck65

    I loved the bag in silde 7 – the leather work looks incredible and seem to be drawing on African inspiration without being too obvious or tacky. The rest of the bags did nothing for me – looked someone went crazy with glue guns and beading and those African heads are just awful stuck on the bags. Not for me. I used to love Valentino but I feel they’ve really lost their way.

  • Suzanne

    Yeah the masks bags are not a good idea but I think there is a lot to like here. I really love the textured B Rockstud in slide 21.

  • I love the tote in pic 7. It incorporates an ethnic design without being obvious. Slapping on, what I’m assuming, are sacred heads into a bag just seems wrong.

  • W S M

    Honestly, I was more disappointed with the lack of diversity on the runway than the so called “cultural appropriation”.

  • lavinia

    wow! I love this collection so unique, thanks for sharing :)

  • acgalleries

    It works perfectly for me, what a wonderful collection. They’re rich and vibrant not just in earth tone colouration but textually desire too. The fine art world has been delving into traditional textiles techniques for more than a decade now and to see this in their collection is liberating. This collection can attach itself to a vast matters of political wrongs that are currently happening within our society. I love the fact that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciol have open up a conversation piece/s, well done well done..

  • Kate

    I dislike the mini masks, but otherwise I find these quite beautiful. The mixing of Italian styling and materials with African motifs is kind of the point, so I enjoy the disjunction and think it results in a unique harmony wherein both compliment one another but retain their individuality. It rather reminds me of the immigrant community in which I grew up, still distinctly like “the old country” but heavily influenced by the new.