Marc Jacobs Runway Show Features Pussy Riot-Inspired Song
Day six of fashion week featured giants in the industry such as Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Rodarte and Marc Jacobs.
The Marc by Marc Jacobs models walked down the runway for the Spring ‘14 show in New York in pastel satin suits, bold zig-zag prints and sequenced maxi dresses to a politically charged song by the comic book artist and songwriter Jeffery Lewis. The song “WWPRD” (What Would Pussy Riot Do) is part of a three-song EP released in late August and revolves around the 2012 arrest and imprisonment of several members of of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot after their show in a Moscow cathedral in which they expressed anti-Putin sentiments. The song is intended to represent “the ethics and politics” of artistic decisions and their implications, according to the artist’s label Rough Trade Records.
Not previously shy about his political leanings, Jacobs’ received negative attention when his “Free Tibet” shirts drew backlash and the threat of a Chinese consumer boycott. Jacobs then stated in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily "If you want to avoid controversy, you just don’t do [political] things like that.”
Regardless of his statements, Jacobs’ show yesterday was tinged with political commentary.
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