Posts tagged with "New York Fashion Week"

Shooting down a bad idea: Hoodies with bullet holes spark viral backlash

September 19, 2019

A New York City-based clothing company has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools at which major mass shooting have occurred—among them, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Virginia Tech, ABC News reports.

The new fashion line was shown by the brand Bstroy during New York Fashion Week—and instantly generated fierce criticism on social media and in fashion blogs.

Bstroy, a self-described “neo-native” post-apocalypse streetwear brand, according to Paper Magazine, has been slammed with comments—of all types—after showcasing its Spring 2020 menswear collection, called “Samsara,” in a series of posts on Instagram.

“Under what scenario could somebody think this was a good idea? This has me so upset. If any of my followers no [sic] anybody involved with this clothing line, please ask them to stop it immediately,” tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed on February 14, 2018, by Nikolas Cruz in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas

A memorial page for Vicki Soto, one of the teachers killed in the December 14,2012, Sandy Hook shooting responded directly to the Instagram post of the Sandy Hook hoodie saying “As a Sandy Hook family, what you are doing here is absolutely disgusting, hurtful, wrong and disrespectful. You’ll never know what our family went through after Vicki died protecting her students. Our pain is not to be used for your fashion.”

“This is disgusting,” actress Alyssa Milano simply tweeted, according to ABC.

The network news outlet reported that one of the company’s founders, Brick Owens, responded to the critics by releasing a statement on Instagram. “Sometimes life can be painfully ironic,” the statement read. Like the irony of dying violently in a place you consider to be a safe, controlled environment, like school. We are reminded all the time of life’s fragility, shortness, and unpredictability yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential. It is this push and pull that creates the circular motion that is the cycle of life. Nirvana is the goal we hope to reach through meditation and healthy practices that counter our destructive habits. Samsara is the cycle we must transcend to reach Nirvana.”

We are making violent statements,” the other founder of Bstroy, Dieter “Du” Grams told The New York Times in a profile that was published last week. “That’s for you to know who we are, so we can have a voice in the market. But eventually that voice will say things that everyone can wear.”

ABC noted, “While the vast majority of responses to the clothing line were negative, there were some who thought the company was doing their best to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence in America.”

“I hope all the people in the comments that are upset, are upset enough to talk to their elected officials about serious gun control measures,” said Instagram user @magnetic_poles.

Bstory has not immediately responded to ABC News’ request for comment on Wednesday morning.

Research contact: @ABC

Taking body art to another level

September 14, 2018

Talk about “a body of work.” In a Manhattan showroom this past week, an art installation called A. Human—scheduled to coincide with New York Fashion Week and run through the end of this month—shows a future in which clothes have been replaced by body modifications.

Created by the fictional designer A. Huxley—with real-life help from the group of international freethinkers, called The Society of the Spectacle, and immersive theater director Michael Counts—the exhibit is meant for those who are “woke” or would like to be. The group promises, “It will shock you. It will provoke you. A. Human will blow your mind. Are you bold enough to experience it?”

According to a September 13 report by The Verge, the installation features both live models and mannequins—with lifelike pieces affixed to human flesh. Take, for example, the “biological heel” series, which is displayed on a live model—but looks exactly as if her feet have been through surgery to create a three-inch-tall, biological heel similar to the “high-heeled shoes” that woman wear today. It is uncomfortable to view, but visitors cannot takes their eyes off it.

 The space, which starts as a dim, earthy room filled with wooden boxes and dirt, then segues into bright, mirror-filled corridors. Near the beginning, The Verge reports, you can find pieces like the “Tudor,” a ruff collar seemingly made of flesh and displayed on a man buried up to his neck in soil.

Loop back around, and there’s the “Pinnacle,” a pair of raised shoulder horns whose live model gazes blankly into a mirrored wall.

For a break from the body-mod fashion, you can duck into a room that’s been turned into a grotto with a beating heart; or pose in a large ring made of stylized, grasping human hands. On your way out, you can customize a heart and print it on a T-shirt, ostensibly as a way to test out a new coronary implant before buying it.

The Society’s founder Simon Huck sees the exhibit as an opening to a conversation. “We want everyone to kind of walk out the door like, yes, you take your fun photo, and yes, it’s— we hope—an exciting experience,” he told The Verge in a brief interview. “But the question we want to ask is, if you could change your body as easily as you change your clothing, would you?”

General admission to the show is $28, with tickets available online only. Bring your ID—and arrive promptly for the half-hour slot that you have purchased.

Research contact: general@societyofspectacle.com