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French Elle Talks Black Fashion…Fails Miserably

French Elle writher, Nathalie Dolivo wrote a blog on their website entitled “Black Fashion Power” last week.  In it she suggests that the style of artists like Janelle Monae and Solnage as well as the rest of the black community, have been dignificantly heightened thanks to Michelle Obama.

She writes, “For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its streetwear codes.”

“But if in 2012 the “black-geoisie” has integrated all the white codes [of fashion], they [do so not] literally. [There] is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘creole de rappeur’) reminiscent [of] the roots. It [has] shifted, [it is] new, desirable, powerful.”

 Elle France has removed the blog post–but has not issued a statement.


Does Elle not have enough money to hire someone to give these articles a once over before their writers click post? This post isn’t intelligent, accurate or informed. Yes I just called it ignorant thrice.  Some have suggested that a black writer should have been used.  I don’t think that’s necessary.  Any fashion writer who has eyeballs and did a little research should have been able to provide  some commentary on black fashion without sounding like an idiot.

What are your thoughts on this? Does it upset you or do you not think it’s that big of a deal?

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