High Fashion Tribal | BikiJohn

About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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7 Responses to High Fashion Tribal | BikiJohn

  1. c says:

    hmmm…exotic, I guess.

  2. Sheldon says:

    Excellent very eclectic fashions you no not normally see in the mainstream [and per your previous posts] –

  3. Cherish says:

    These photos are so nice. Love it!! The leopard print is my fav.

  4. Styln says:

    I’m seeing that this fascination with all things tribal has been growing into this big trend for about a year now. It blows my mind that Black models have largly been absent from high fashion runways for the past few years, yet big time fashionista’s always pull from Africa for their inspiration and fashion innovation.

  5. Rhapsody says:

    That’s the status quo Styln, it is history/tradition/culture of appropriation. It is the exoticism erasure identification. Appropriation, appropriation, appropriation. The gaze is always on Afrocentrism. Love the pics………………..

  6. Rhapsody says:

    For black models to appear as the "Norm" in modeling there would have to be the unpacking of "white privelege" and many are not willing to do that because it would mean accountability. The Machiavelian way is the preferred way. It is infinitely easier to pay lip service fringing outrage at the continued oppression, surpression, appropriation, dehumanization by virtue of exoticisms of the "other" so long as no real accountability has to be owned. Many talk the talk but will not walk the talk, others claim innocense to the plight of models of african decent attempt to break down the berlin wall of prejudice. You know what they say, "Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity". -Martin Luther King

  7. Styln says:

    Rhapsody Fab: I think I understand what you mean by appropriation. The co-opting of African (American) humanity/ culture has taken place from slavery, beginning with the capture and enslavement of Sierra Leon (rice growing) Africans also the continuous rape of African slave women and on to the systematic lynching of Black men into the 20th century (and much, much more). My point is that it takes, a so-called, tribal theme to bring Black models to the forefront inside of a so-called trend, that derives from ancient African ceremonial regalia, adornment and other implements. I also suspect that the fashion stylist painted (painted her darker) this Black model as they did the White model in one of my previous sposts: They Won’t Use Black Models http://styln.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!43DCE4CA75DE9568!4430.entry. In another of my posts about this tribal trend (http://styln.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!43DCE4CA75DE9568!3665.entry), what they are calling over-sized jewelry actually derives from acient Africam implements of ceremony and ritual. Popular culture has made it more than obvious that African humanity and culture has been stolen, twisted and packaged for mainstream consumption (without permission or considering the effect on African American families and others within the Black Diaspora). Black models shine in anything man has created for adornment or clothing, even the most avant-garde and ugly Paris couture. I agree, these photos are beautiful, but Black models should also appear in mainstream fashion ads, editorials and on international runways in larger numbers as their White counterparts do. Black models shouldn’t be stuck inside trumped up trends and so-called style/fashion paradigms.

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