US designer Sterling Ruby calls for the end of Trump ‘tyranny’ in SS21 film
A Paris fashion week show has called for the
end to the “tyranny” of US President Donald Trump.
American artist Sterling Ruby compared Trump to the racist Ku Klux Klan in
his women’s Paris show called “Veil Flag”, in which a black model was draped
in a distressed denim version of the Stars and Stripes.
Ruby’s streetwear brand, S.R. Studio. LA. CA., made its fashion week debut
in the French capital late Monday with a film featuring the flag and a spoken
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“Where are we, and what has happened?” the poem began.
“No sovereignty, no empathy. A flag worn down, covered in hardship marching
against leaderless leadership.
“Tread on me… Light me on fire… End the tyranny of the President Grand
Dragon,” it added.
The Grand Dragon is one of the most senior members of the KKK, which
despite its long history of racist violence is still legal and thought to be
active in 41 US states.
Trump has been accused of encouraging the rise of white supremacists in
With coronavirus infections rocketing in France, Paris women’s fashion week
has followed Milan and London in going mostly digital, with labels presenting
their new looks in short films.
‘The world has changed’
Rising French designer Marine Serre also raised eyebrows Tuesday with an
unsettling sci-fi themed film called “Amor Fati”, inspired by Nietzsche, who
made embracing fate — bad as it might be — central to his philosophy.
Serre, whose made face masks a fashion item long before the pandemic to
summon up her post-apocalyptic universe, said her new collection was “a mirror
of the last five months.
“The world around us has changed radically” since the world was hit by the
virus, she told AFP.
“I started putting anti-pollution masks in my collections a year and a half
ago,” the 28-year-old added.
“I was going to work on my bike and the air was not great in Paris.”
Serre, who will show her film in the French capital’s biggest cinema later
Tuesday, warned that some viewers may find it disturbing.
Her dystopian hooded outfits and body hugging designs have touched a nerve
with many younger fashionistas, fearful of what is happening to the
Serre’s shows have also featured upcycled dresses made from old bedspreads
Her clothes have since been championed by US singers Beyonce and Ariana
Grande, with her crescent moon motif popping up regularly on the red carpet in
outfits worn by actresses such as Chloe Sevigny.
She has also become a leading voice for more sustainable fashion.
With the Belgian master Dries Van Noten, she has called for a major rethink
of how the industry works.
Their manifesto for responsible fashion has since been signed by hundreds
of other designers.(AFP)
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