Fashion (and really, the world in general when it comes to the wayward ways of errant men) has a tendency to sort of wrist-slap designers when they screw up, and then lavish them with praise the second they correct their course.
Take, for example, London-based and Canadian-born designers Dsquared2.
For the Fall 2015 season Dsqaured2 showed a highly-offensive collection that made waves for its extreme cultural appropriation and general racism:
Above: from the racist Fall 2015 collection of Dsquared2.
Then, they rather repeated this mistake with their Fall 2016 collection, sending models down the catwalk with “Victorian Samurai” outfits. The collection got hardly any press, good or bad. Perhaps the world was just tired of Dsquared2’s continual, lazy, racist designs.
Above: The Fall 2016 Dsquared2 collection featuring “Victorian Samurai” looks.
The tides turned for Dsquared2 with their recent Spring 2017 collection, which was praised and lauded by fashion reporters. In other words, the disgrace period for Dsquared2 was all too brief, and the fashion world quick to forgive some pretty serious offenses.
Above: Dsquared2 Spring 2017
While the collection was pretty fun (pictured above), it’s dissapointing because it proves that they can design a collection that is not racist, but they have clearly chosen not to for previous seasons. Sigh, #whiteprivelege in fashion, amiright?
BONUS: More on Dsquared2’s super-racist Fall 2015 collection
Dsquared² x First Nations Appropriation at Milan Fashion Week
Dsquared²’s Super-Racist Fall 2015 Collection Featured in Canadian Fashion Magazines
How Distasteful: The Racist Dsquared² Collection Makes Another Appearance in a Canadian Fashion Magazine