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Junya Watanabe Spring/Summer 2016

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Junya Watanabe's collection

Junya Watanabe’s collection

Hey Guys, What Do You Think Of This?

Very recently, Japanese designer Junya Watanabe came under fire and was very critized for presenting his new 2016 men's collection in Paris. Just this time, the critics did not focus on the collection itself. The designer was slammed for one reason: he presented an African inspired collection and yet there was not a single black model on the catwalk.

It's clear that African fashion was the inspiration. The show featured several African trends such as the Masai-style layered necklaces and colourful/vibrant Dutch fabrics.

With so many black people (including models) leaving in Paris, I'm really curious to know if it really wasn't possible to find one in order to show diversity.

As Tim Blanks commented in Style.com saying : " It was not hard to see how Watanabe's presentation of pallid Europeans in patchworked Africana might spark some knee-jerk negativism." And a follower commented saying:

And Miles Socha from WWD added: "Some might see the Masai necklaces, wooden masks and metal spears as overkill, and insensitive to the darker side of colonialism."

What Do You Think Of This?

Personally I think Watanabe should have known better considering the fact that many sucessful black models such as Naomi Campbell have already brought this subject on the table and are still fighting to get more black models on the catwalks. 

Junya Watanabe Spring/Summer 2016

Junya Watanabe Spring/Summer 2016

Well I hope that Junya Watanabe has learned a lesson from this and will be more careful on future collections, whether they be African inspired or not.

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