There’s been much ado (about nothing) when it comes to Kanye West‘s designs for Louis Vuitton. The internet has had loads of pictures of his red and white styles for men. Today, Kanye posted some pictures of his styles for the ladies. Not surprisingly, both of the women’s styles feature pink. It’s the typical male’s response to designing kicks for women. “Hmmmm, it’s for girls, so let’s make it pink.” What did that take? 5 seconds? I really wish people would put a bit more time into thinking about what women over the age of 10 wear. I can’t remember the last time I wore pink – especially on my feet!
“Pink for girls” is a social construct that we use to ingrain girls at a very young age what it means to be a “girl” (and it’s just as bad as the “blue for boys” – what if you’re a girl and you like blue – what does that make you??). Colors carry lots of meaning and pink is no exception. Pink is symbolic of childish innocence, flirtatiousness, femininity, sexual purity and love. Making something pink to make it feminine is a cop out. There are lots of other ways to convey femininity than to make something pink. It’s such an on the surface way of approaching women’s design that it’s insulting to my intelligence. I suppose our hair, breasts, curves and other feminine attributes don’t do enough to convey our womanliness – we need pink shoes to convey that.
If this sounds like a rant, then you’re very perceptive. It is. There’s more where this came from – just keep on bringing the stupid pink shoes for women.
P.S. Mr. West, you can use a lesson in humility. And, if I worked for LV, I’d take your deal away just for having that Goyard brief case in your video promoting LV . . . just my two cents. Watch the offending video after the jump.
- My Two Cents: Science, It’s A Girl Thing!
- Upper Echelon Shoes – NYC Showroom Visit
- Hellz Bellz – Fall’s 2nd Delivery “Bad Girls Don’t Die”
- My Two Cents: Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty & Self Esteem Fund
- M.I.S.S. NYFW: Pink Tartan Spring Presentation 2012