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Facing online accusations that animal-like figurines and charms in its stores and windows evoke blackface, Prada Group issued a statement saying it “abhors racist imagery” and vowed to withdraw them from “display and circulation.”
In a Facebook post, Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights lawyer, said the sight of the figurines in the Italian brand’s store in New York’s SoHo district had her “shaking with anger,” describing “racist and denigrating #blackface imagery” and “Sambo like imagery.”
Ezie noted she had just returned from a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, taking in an exhibit on blackface.
“History cannot continue to repeat itself. Black America deserves better. And we demand better,” she wrote in her post, which got picked up by other blogs. “Shame on you Prada.”
In a statement to WWD, Prada said the figures are “fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre” and known as Pradamalia.
“They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation,” it
LONDON — The British Fashion Council has named Miuccia Prada as the recipient of its Outstanding Achievement Award, to be presented during the upcoming Fashion Awards, held on Dec. 10 in London.
The accolade, which was previously given to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Manolo Blahnik and Ralph Lauren, celebrates an individual’s “overwhelming creative contribution” to the industry.
“Mrs. Prada’s intuition for the zeitgeist and her blending of multiple creative disciplines including fashion design, art and architecture since the beginning have made her a pioneering force in our industry,” said Stephane Phair, the BFC’s newly appointed chairman.
Nadja Swarovski, who has again partnered with the BFC to host the awards added: “Miuccia Prada is unquestionably one of the most influential designers in fashion history. A true visionary, her dedication to fashion as an art form is endlessly inspirational.”
Some other top names shortlisted for the top prizes at the awards include Burberry, Givenchy, Victoria Beckham, Marine Rose and Craig Green.
After a fashion show, a critic typically rushes from the venue back to office, home, hotel, wherever, and writes as carefully considered a review as deadline — usually right now — permits.
Following Miuccia Prada’s cruise show last night, I ignored that deep-rooted conditioning to actually enjoy, rather than fret through, the post-show fete (Tonne Goodman — a delightful dinner companion), and went home to bed after what I thought was quite a strong show. A night’s sleep and some morning rumination told me I was wrong. Prada’s show wasn’t merely strong. It was brilliant.
Not deep-thoughts, esoteric brilliant, but aggressively commercial, resort-long-selling-season-give-me-a-smart-coat-and-pants brilliant. “It’s like a fantasy and the reality,” Prada said, describing her motif du jour. “Of course, [a show is] always a fantasy. It’s my fantasy on what today for me is real.”
A longtime holdout from the cruise extravaganza, Prada acknowledged that market realities ultimately forced her hand. “Everybody is doing more, and so you have to adapt, more or less,” she said.
So after years of sprinkling women’s cruise looks into her June men’s show, last year she staged a full resort show in Milan. This time she opted for another of her brand’s “homes,” its Herzog &
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CULTURAL FIELD TRIP: On the occasion of the International Conference of Ministers of Culture, more than 150 guests, including ministers and ambassadors of 66 countries participating in the expo, visited the headquarters of Fondazione Prada in Milan on Friday.
The conference, entitled “Cultural Instruments of Dialogues among People,” was commissioned by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and is held at the Auditorium Expo 1 on Friday and Saturday.
To kickstart the conference, participants including Dario Franceschini, minister of heritage, cultural activities and tourism and Irina Bokova, general director of Unesco, visited the 204,514-square-foot art space, which currently exhibits “Serial Classic” by curator Salvatore Settis. The visitors were guided by designer and president of the foundation Miuccia Prada, architect Rem Koolhaas and Germano Celant, scientific and artistic superintendent of the foundation.
Prada and publishing company Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore are launching on Thursday the third edition of international literary contest Prada Journal.
“Illuminations, shadows and mirages. Things and people are not always what they seem” is the theme of this year’s edition of Prada Journal, which was established in 2013 with the launch of the namesake eyewear collection manufactured by Luxottica.
Along with receiving a cash award, the winners, which will be selected by an international jury, won’t just see their stories published in the Prada Journal digital anthology and in the Feltrinelli Zoom catalogue, but this year the pieces will also be adapted for the theater.
The contest will close on Aug. 31.
Fondazione Prada will hold its first performance art project this fall.
Called “Atlas of Gesture,” the performance will be held at the art institution’s Milanese headquarters from Sept. 18 to Oct. 3.
Conceived by dancer and choreographer Virgilio Sieni, who is also the director of Venice Biennale’s dance section, the project will involve both professional and amateur dancers who will perform on the two levels of the site’s Podium area. The dancers will interact with the statues of the “Serial Classic” exhibition, which currently occupies the space, in order to create a contrast between the dynamic dancing bodies and the static nature of the sculptures.
“Atlas of Gesture” will include five different parts, called Origin, Ritual, Announcement, Gravity and Nudity.
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Today, Miuccia Prada, the modernist and avid vintage jewelry collector, accessorized her fall show with floral brooches. Sparkling or solid, they bloomed boutonniere-like from lapels of Easter egg–colored suits, and from the shoulders of beribboned dresses whose debutante prettiness was refreshingly upended by their brevity.
Seen out of context—say halfway down a tweed coat—and removed from their traditional suited-ladies-who-lunch context, these flower pins looked youthful and playful rather than mumsy. As an old favorite is reborn, we look back at some of the never wilting jeweled flower brooches that have appeared in Vogue.
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