New Haiti-Inspired Donna Karan Ad Campaign Causing Controversy

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

New York fashion designer Donna Karan has received much flack for her new Spring ’12 fashion campaign featuring Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima. The designer shot the ad in Haiti because “creative inspiration, bringing my two worlds together… [the campaign] infuses the vibrant spirit of Haiti into a sexy New York sophistication.”

Featuring native Haitians in the ad, it has thrown off many people who state that the “[T]he juxtaposition of luxury clothing — Donna Karan sells $2,000 dresses — and the poorest country in the Western hemisphere is troubling, and perhaps undercuts the message Karan thinks she’s sending,” (via Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers).

A spokesperson for Donna Karan has spoken amid all this controversy stating,

It is well-known that Donna has been deeply involved in supporting and bringing awareness to Haiti since the earthquake. Through her personal experiences there, Haiti was a natural inspiration for the Spring 2012 collection. The intent of the ad campaign is to celebrate the culture and creativity of the people of Haiti.

I believe that Donna Karan truly cares for the well-being of Haiti and wants to see it thrive, and had no intention of creating trouble for the country.

What are your thoughts?

Read on to see more pictures from the campaign.

[Source: Fashionista]

Photo Courtesy of: Smile Blog and WWD

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