Saturday, August 14, 2010

MAC A/W '10: Rodarte for MAC

"Rodarte's  MAC collection, which launches on September 15, is inspired by Mexico's colors and culture, and the products are named accordingly. For example, one pink blush is called Quinceañera, while a sheer white lipstick is called Ghost Town. However, the frosty pink nail polish called Juarez isn't sitting well with blogger the Frisky, who finds it "tasteless" " - from The Cut

For my take on this, and a little more product to peek at, read on after the jump:

According to the blog the Frisky, Juarez is an impoverished town that was host to the murders and assaults of women - and these crimes remain  unpunished till this day. I personally think it was an incredibly unfortunate coincidence that the girls of Rodarte decided on this name for their polish, but I do not think it was intended as an insult to the women of Mexico. Perhaps now that they are aware of this they can put some of the proceeds towards that area, which is something that MAC is very good at considering they have been creating Viva Glam  lipsticks for years for the AIDS foundation. I'm sure they did their best to clear this up through a statement, and I hope that the line still comes through for the season because really, it is an amazingly fun collection.

Just found this on google!

MAC Statement on the Rodarte Collection:
We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans.  This was never our intent and we are very sorry.  We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention.  M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this.  Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.  

Rodarte Statement on their MAC Rodarte Collection:
Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa.  The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled.

AN: I do think that MAC is serious about their aim to support the Juarez cause, considering they announced their interest in an official statement. Hopefully this controversy can give way to something positive in the long run and encourage other beauty brands to research the origins of their natural materials (for example, acai berries are native to South America) and put some money towards the needs of that area. This way, they may add some philanthropy to their customer's purchases.

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