Gucci Fall Collection: Making the Turban Fashionable?

Picture this, it’s Milan Fashion Week and Gucci’s fashion show is about to begin when out walks models wearing turbans. You might think what’s wrong with that? but the models of choice are white and wearing an item of clothing specific to the Sikh religion. It’s divided critics with the majority being against this choice, what would have been wrong with using appropriate models? If a Sikh model couldn’t be found or did not wish to be involved then does that not speak volumes?

Gucci Turban

Gucci may see this as being a homage to culture but the turban is significant in the Sikh religion as representing self-respect, honour, spirituality, courage and piety. Gucci is simply using it as disposable fashion, the turban is not supposed to be fashionable and seasonable. In religion it is supposed to fully cover the hair but as you can see from the male model in the centre his hair is visible so Gucci are not correctly adhering to the Sikh religion in any way.

Gucci Fashion Week

As a powerful fashion house Gucci could change the landscape of how religious clothing is perceived by using a vast array of appropriate models from different backgrounds and religions. A lot more education is needed for brands who feel it is okay to borrow sacred religious garments merely for fashion collections, the turban is merely more than a seasonal item portrayed here.

What are your thoughts?

Can brands get away with making religion fashionable?

*images sourced from Google

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Clothes Show Live 2013

Clothes Show HaulClothes Show Live 2013 is the first one I’ve ever been to, on this occasion I had free tickets but I’ve always wanted to go! The fashion show was great and was themed ‘You’re Invited To A Weekend In The Country’ which featured dancing, a live performance from Stooshie and 7 scene changes which showcased all the clothes perfectly. I went on the Friday which was the first day so over the course of the event which runs until Tuesday there will be different artists performing at the start of the fashion show.

The NEC which showcased the event was much larger than I could ever imagine! Lots of people were in attendance and a huge variety of stalls were selling jewellery, clothes and make up and for those interested there were also careers stands available to help those wanting to get into fashion.Barry MBarry M was a popular stand and it wasn’t unusual to see the crowd carrying these bags, and for £10 it was such good value. Im not sure if all the bags contained the same colour  items but mine had 2 glitter pots in purple and brown shades which were quite cute, 5 nail varnishes which I loved apart from the dark pink and limited edition neon green colour but that’s purely because they were too bright for my liking. The limited edition ‘Lilac Foil; is such a lovely shade and ‘Pink Iridescent’ is glittery but the Silver varnish is perfect for Christmas!  It also comes with a pretty pink lipgloss, a mascara and 3 eyeliner crayons in baby blue, glittery gold and another lilac shade, the goodie bag is perfect for any occasion and contains so many items! A lovely touch to this was the fact that all the items came in a little Barry M PVC handbag as shown in the photo which meant that the items stayed together nicely in the larger shopping bag.

Models ownNext up in my goodies is Models Own which like the Barry M bag came with quite a few bits and pieces! Apologies for the bad photo, with this set came 4 nail varnishes which 3 of were my own choice,  I opted for all glittery shades which were ‘Banger’ a mix of blue, green and purple glitter, ‘Absinthe’ which is a green glitter polish and ‘Obsidian’ a black glitter shade. The free varnish already in the goodie bag is ‘Show Stopper 2’ which features Clothes Show Live on the lid so it’s possibly an exclusive shade to the event but im unsure, like the Barry M set this contained eyeliner pencils in white, brown, black and glittery black, 2 lip balms in Tangerine (the round pot) and Bubblegum, a small mirror which was a nice touch, a nail buffer (not in photo) and 4 double ended eyeshadow brushes. This set was also £10.   

So Susan and Jelly Pong PongJelly Pong Pong and So Susan were small gift bags believe it or not, they came with 4 items each in cute little gift bags (2 for each brand) this were £5 each and look so lovely, admittedly I have never used these brands before but for £5 why not? I am unsure if the brands are linked to each other as I had 2 lip and cheek sublime for So Susan but one was in the Jelly Pong Pong bag… To begin with Jelly Pong Pong came with a 2 in 1 eyeliner and eye shadow in plum, a bronzer duo, a ‘Wide Awake’ pallete to brighten complexions which I cant wait to try and of course the cheek sublime

For So Susan again for £5 it had the lip and cheek sublime, a pure luminizer, an 8 hour cheek stain and a eyeshadow pallete, for such a low price it gives a variety of different uses and best of all none of the products are tested on animals!

RimmelRimmel London was one of the first goodie bags I brought due to seeing lots of people having them but being honest I wasn’t very impressed with it. For £5 a small bundle was dropped into a large bag and by the look of the poster it seemed a full size foundation was included but it was only a tiny sample, the package was called Retro Glam and features a lovely burgundy shade of ‘Desire’ nail varnish, Scandal-Eyes Mascara and a full bottle of fake tan which I gave away as I don’t use fake tan, but maybe the fact I don’t use fake tan made it disappointing along with the sample size foundation, had it been the regular size then I would have been happy enough with the goodie bag.

Elle MagazineElle Magazine had a small goody bag for £3 which features this months edition and January’s edition of the magazine, a black kohl eyeliner and a OPI Nail Varnish which you could have in red or a gold crackle effect, the only problem with this goodie bag was that it was quite heavy to carry! So if you are going to the event id save this till last as unfortunately I brought it right at the start and was stuck carrying it around for a good few hours.