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MAC and Rodarte ‘Inspired’ By Murder City


Well, MAC’s latest collaboration with fashion designers, Rodarte, is leaving a very bad taste in people’s mouths.

The collection has been inspired by the Mexican factory town, Juarez, where hundreds of murders of local females have taken place. The killers have gone unpunished.

Products in the line are named ‘factory’, ‘Juarez’ ‘Ghost town’, ‘del Norte’ and ‘quiceanera’. Particularly shocking is this blush, which appears to display a blood-streaked quality.

How can a parallel be drawn between the horror these women have suffered and continue to suffer, and a couture clothing line and designer makeup range? ‘Distaste’ does not begin to describe this opportunistic and exploitative attempt to romanticise the Juarez devastation.

The unceasing rape and murder of females between the ages of 12 and 22, and a makeup range is incongruous, to say the least.

Both MAC and Rodarte have issued statements of apology, but is it enough? Even more sickening, I suspect that, in spite of the outrage caused, both companies will most probably profit from this extra publicity.

MAC’s apology states that a proportion of the profits will now be given to help those suffering in Juarez. How disgusting that they didn’t think of this before. The afterthought  proves that the whole product launch was so clearly an exercise in profiteering and not one in raising awareness of the horrific crimes and injustice suffered by these women.

What can, and should be done now to put this situation right?
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Images from Temptalia


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3 Responses to MAC and Rodarte ‘Inspired’ By Murder City

  1. Looking Fab in your forties July 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    I think its bloody disgusting. I wasn’t that keen on the Rodarte collection anyway and I didn’t know then what the inspiration behind it was. I was thinking winter wonderland thoughts not ghosts!

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  2. FortyNotOut July 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Oh god this is disgusting! I can’t believe they would draw on something like that as inspiration. When will the cheap publicity stunts end??

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  3. Perfectly Polished July 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    spent all night reading all these blog posts! yours is very well written too, im so pleased we are all raising awareness on this topic! I find the images so creepy 🙁

    you can read my view here:


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