And now, a note from Faran... Last season, Ann Demeulemeester made some pins inspired by Kara Walker silhouettes (without the racial subtext or the fury or the brilliance, of course). This season, Cynthia Rowley is going one step further, introducing a holiday cocktail dress inspired by the artist's work. It's actually a pretty great dress, and if it were sold with a different name - the Shadow Dress, maybe - I'd love it. But my stomach gets knocked sideways when you say, "Look, it's the Kara Walker dress," because it's not even subversive, or funny. It just seems hollow and kind of misinformed. Kara Walker is an artist whose work is so beautiful that it clashes directly with her subject matter - hate, oppression, victimization, blame, poverty, shame, rape, madness. It's so complicated that I still haven't decided how I feel about it, but I do know this: It feels really oblivious and pretty wrong to make a holiday party frock, and without an ounce of humor, to proclaim it your Kara Walker dress. But maybe I'm just overreacting - I get worked up when I don't get to see the Chloe show in person, you see... Love you guys, xo.
And now, a note from Faran... Last season, Ann Demeulemeester made some pins inspired by Kara Walker silhouettes (without the racial subtext or the f