Fashion insiders are speaking out against brands who are all talk.
The latest is celebrity stylist Jason Bolden, whose clients include Yara Shahidi, Cynthia Erivo, Taraji P. Henson, Janet Mock and more.
On Wednesday, Bolden called out French luxury label Celine on Instagram after the company posted a message in support of Black Lives Matter.
“Wait really, u guys dnt dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine 🤷🏾♂️✊🏾🧐 FACTS,” he commented.
Many fans showed their support for Bolden’s post and pointed out the lack of diversity in creative director Hedi Slimane’s runway shows.
When fashion watchdog Instagram account Diet Prada shared Bolden’s comment and added that the percentage of black models in Celine’s fashion shows under Slimane has never topped 12 percent, the stylist stated that Celine is far from the only guilty party.
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Celebrity stylist @JasonBolden called out French luxury brand @Celine for performative #BlackLivesMatter solidarity. Bolden, who dresses some of Hollywood’s brightest Black talents like Cynthia Erivo, Taraji P Henson, Janet Mock, and Yara Shahidi, commented the LVMH-owned brand’s post, stating that they don’t dress Black celebrities unless they have a white stylist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @HediSlimane , Celine’s creative director and the man responsible for axing Phoebe Philo’s beloved É, has been a subject of conversation among the industry before for his apparent aversion to Black models. In case you didn’t know, we crunched some numbers for you from all his runway shows thus far: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Spring 2019: 6% (6 out of 96 exits) Fall 2019 Men’s: 8% (5 out of 66 exits) Fall 2019 Womenswear: 12% (7 out of 59 exits) Spring 2020 Menswear: 6% (3 out of 51 exits) Spring 2020 Womenswear: 9% (6 out of 64 exits) Fall 2020: 9% (10 out of 111 exits) • #blm #celine #lvmh #hedislimane
“NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US,” Bolden responded, also name-dropping Saint Laurent as an offender.
Celebrities who have worn Slimane’s Celine include Lupita Nyong’o and Amandla Stenberg; however, Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson, Lucy Boynton and Lady Gaga are most often seen in his designs.
Bolden’s colleague Kollin Carter also recently called out fashion brands who were “begging” to dress his clients yet stayed silent about the killing of George Floyd and other Black Lives Matter initiatives, while fellow stylist Law Roach has started a fund for black business owners whose stores were destroyed by looters.
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