Rodarte and MAC in Big, Big Trouble

July 19, 2010 • Beauty


Rodarte just announced last week their fall collaboration with M•A•C and they're already wishing they hadn't.

Rodarte released a line that was said to be inspired by the border city of Juarez, Mexico, while the designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy said that they had been inspired by the lines of women workers who would make their way to factory jobs in the middle of the night (???). 

In real life, Juarez is known as one of the deadliest cities in the world. By the end of July, Juarez is set to have 6,000 murders for 2010 already. Many of those involved in the murders were those women just traveling to and from work. So, it is only natural that it would strike a nerve of those who would see pale women with blackened eyes and blood-streaked blush colors.

Both Rodarte and M•A•C released statements on the issue with M•A•C promising to donate part of the proceeds from the makeup sale to the people of Juarez.

Rodarte Company Statement:

"Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled."

M·A·C Cosmetics Statement:

"We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts."

-Taneisha Jordan



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