EYE: Chinyere Ezie Educates Prada On Why Fat Red Lips On Black Bodies Are Not Good Trinkets In America

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EYE: Chinyere Ezie Educates Prada On Why Fat Red Lips On Black Bodies Are Not Good Trinkets In America

The best paragraphs in Robin Givhan’s WaPo commentary “Seriously, Prada, what were you thinking?: Why the fashion industry keeps bumbling into racist imagery” isn’t the narrative around Prada’s utter stupidity in their SoHo window display of items from their Pradamalia collection.

AOC readers know that we do not hop on the bandwagon of every alleged act of fashion industry cultural appropriation or racism. But Givhan is correct and we concur: what in goddesses name were you thinking Prada?

Let’s take a different approach here because Givan has done a superb job of also telling the experience of Chinyere Ezie’s reaction upon seeing the Prada store window in Soho. We will quote liberally in a moment, but let’s back up even further and introduce Prada to this woman. From her website:

Chinyere Ezie (Cheen-Yer-Ray Ay-Zee-Ay) is a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer and social justice activist who specializes in constitutional litigation and anti-discrimination work. In 2016, Chinyere was named one of the country's Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. 

Chinyere is a 
Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights where she focuses on racial justice, gender justice, and LGBT rights work. Chinyere previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center LGBT Rights Project, where she was lead counsel for transgender rights activist Ashley Diamond in her suit against the Georgia Department of Corrections. Chinyere also worked as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she successfully represented employees who had been subjected to discrimination--securing a $5.1 million dollar trial verdict. 

Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she served as President of Columbia Outlaws and Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. 

She also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton LLP in New York City.

In her free time, Chinyere enjoys photography, graphic design, and spending time with her wife and puppy.

Based on her stellar credentials, Chinyere Ezie more than qualifies as Prada’s target customer, although she is not one. Now, via Robin Givhan’s narrative, we share Ezie’s experience on meeting up with Prada’s SoHo window. Personally, I think all the great African goddesses were her spirit wings in this painful life episode, quietly hopping as invisible spirits on her shoulders when Ezie left DC’s National Museum of African American History and Culture for the return trip to New York.

Life In A Heavy Space

Alasdair McLellan Eyes Elle, Adwoa, Cameron, Edie + At Arcosanti For Miu Miu's Spring 2018 Campaign

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Alasdair McLellan Eyes Elle, Adwoa, Cameron, Edie + At Arcosanti For Miu Miu's Spring 2018 Campaign

Arcosanti, born in 1970, continues to evolve as an experiential learning center, walk-through demonstration of how to pursue efficient 'lean' alternatives to urban sprawl. Conceived by Paolo Soleri'sconcept of compact city design, ARCOLOGY(ARChitecture and ecOLOGY) saves resources and improves quality of life for all.

Ever the thinker, Miuccia Prada launches Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2018 'Return to Arcosanti' ad campaign featuring actor Elle Fanning and top models Adwoa Aboah, Cameron Russell, Edie Campbell, Faith Lynch, Olivia Anakwe, Oumie Jammeh and Rianne Van Rompaey. Styled by Katie Grand with creative direction by Giovanni Bianco, photographer Alasdair McLellan captures this utopian future 70 miles north of Phoenix.

Led by the Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors, I note rather sadly that only one woman serves on this board of nine talented creatives envisioning our collective future. 

Eye: Miuccia Prada Meticulously Restores The Past In Shanghai | With A Fiercely Rebellious Feminist Artistry For Spring 2018

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Eye: Miuccia Prada Meticulously Restores The Past In Shanghai | With A Fiercely Rebellious Feminist Artistry For Spring 2018

Prada Renovates Past Decadence in Shanghai

Miuccia Prada and husband, Prada Group chief executive Patrizio Bertelli, opened Prada Rong Zhai, a brilliantly restored heritage mansion in Shanghai's affluent Jing'a District, just north of the former French Concession. 

Miuccia Prada's Punk and the Need for Modern Militance

'Combative' and 'militant' were words front and center in Miuccia's spring 2018 fashion consciousness. The designer has quietly undermined every aspect of bougeois dress throughout her career. After all, as a full-fledged member of Italy's Communist party, Prada reportedly wore regularly Yves Saint Laurent couture. This is testimony to her "profoundly unconventional and willfully contrary spirit", writes Frankel. 

Miu Miu Highlights Preservation Hall Traditions & Bayous In Alasdair McLellan's Spring 2017.18 Campaign

Miu Miu Highlights Preservation Hall Traditions & Bayous In Alasdair McLellan's Spring 2017.18 Campaign

Miuccia Prada releases her Miu Miu Fall 2017 campaign in full, and it's such a delight! Building on the momentum of a late June teaser:

Miuccia Prada takes her Miu Miu brand to the bayous of New Orleans, mixing  Indian Summer romantic looks with spirited tunes from the Preservation Hall Brass Brand's spirited sounds. Alasdair McLellancaptures actor Naomi Harris and the legendary Kate Moss, sisters Adwoa and Kesewa Aboah, MIssy Rayder, Jean Campbell, Eliza Cummings, Jasmine Daniels, Rose Daniels and Lily Nova feeling the vibe. Stylist Katie Grand chooses kitschy furs and 40s-inspired printed frocks in a Miu Miu Fall 2017 fashion statement 'Daughters of the Dust'.

In today's political climate on both right and left, it's important to understand that Miuccia Prada is not co-opting the colorful Preservation Hall for white people. In fact, there is a long tradition of racial mixing and interaction at Preservation Hall, now a foundation, founded by Philadelphia transplants Allan and Sandra Jaffe in 1961.

Vanity Fair wrote an in-depth look at the history of Preservation Hall in January 2012, the year of its golden anniversary. 

Horst Diekgerdes Captures Prada's My Theresa Collection Campaign July 2017

Horst Diekgerdes Captures Prada's My Theresa Collection Campaign July 2017

Note: we are testing a new idea of showing images in a carousel gallery (below) for small devices and in our usual format of full size images (follow historical design link above).

Luxury line retailer MyTheresa.com.introduces a collab with Prada, inspired by the brand's spring collection. Featuring a collection of footwear, handbags and separates including gloves, the capsule collection turns to feather-trimmed embellishments, splash prints and vivid colors including emerald green and fuschia pink. Horst Diekgerdes photographs the collection.

Fondazione Prada Launches Osservatorio Photography Space In Milan

The Fondazione Prada in Milan has opened a new exhibition space called Osservatorio, a cultural center dedicated to photography and visual languages.

Organized by Francesco Zanot -- curator at CAMERA, the Italian Center for Photography n Turin -- Osservatorio's first exhibition is 'Give Me Yesterday'.

Osservatorio—which joins the Fondazione’s Rem Koolhaas designed space in Milan and a space in Venice—is located in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, on the fifth and sixth floors of a building that has been restored from bomb damage dating from the Second World War and turned into an impressive 800-square-meter space.

The new photography space overlooks the glass dome designed by Giuseppe Mengoni that covers the arcade in the Galleria.