The Rodarte Cosmetics Controversy

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Just last week the blogosphere erupted in a Rodarte backlash. In collaborating with cosmetics mavens Mac, it seems designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy created a storm of controversy over some ill-chosen monikers. The sisters cited Juarez, Mexico as the inspiration for their FW10 collection as well as a color of nail polish that shares a name with the boarder town. Blog The Frisky called foul play. “Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from the police.” The Frisky was the first blog to make the connection, but the linkage has resulted in a small-scale scandal.

As a result of the all the brew ha ha, MAC has released a statement “saying that they planned to change the names of the products in the Rodarte collection coming out in September inspired by a road trip designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy took through Texas.” The designers have as yet to release any statement, explanation, or apology. (UPDATE: Rodarte has released a statement via MAC that reads: “Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.” To their credit, both companies are following through with this sentiment by donating “$100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.)