Is this the end for Dolce & Gabbana? – NY Times

Dolce&Gabbana’s latest collection – Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Show / The Runway

According to their website, Dolce&Gabbana “is the new luxury, authentic and unconventional. A style that expresses new forms of elegance, presenting itself as a modern classicism, based on superior sartorial content and creativity.” The brand was founded in 1985 by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. While known for their unique and unmistakable style, Dolce&Gabbana has recently been in the press for all the wrong reasons.

The fashion brand released a series of video clips seen as “racist, pandering to old stereotypes (they featured a Chinese model being taught to eat spaghetti, pizza and a cannoli with chopsticks) in advance of a planned extravaganza of a show in Shanghai” reports The New York Times. The videos have since been taken down, but the backlash is stronger than ever. Gabbana got into another situation for insulting a critic on Instagram by suggesting that the Chinese eat dogs. His counterargument was that his account was hacked. After these two extremely serious situations, there was more! According to The New York Times, the brand has, “in no short order:

  • Been forced to cancel the show;
  • Been excoriated by the Chinese celebrities and models slated to walk in the show;
  • Been the subject of videos of consumers burning, destroying and otherwise renouncing their Dolce products;
  • Had their physical locations altered, with the label’s storefronts plastered with “Not me” posters mocking Mr. Gabbana’s response to the scandal;
  • Disappeared from the site of Chinese e-tail giant Alibaba’s TMall platform as well as jd.comsecoo.com, and department store Lane Crawford, which said customers had been returning the brand’s products;
  • Been excoriated in the fashion press and the fashion enthusiast communities, with particularly passionate coverage coming from fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada;
  • And increasingly been abandoned by its European and American supporters, including the influencers the brand has expensively wooed over the last few years.”

This massive blow to the company had other fashion brands be weary of their own mistakes and cautious to not upset anyone. Such brands include Chanel and their “luxury boomerang”, Zara using “Nazi and alt-right hate symbolism”, and Dior for “Jennifer Lawrence purporting to celebrate Mexican heritage”.

Dolce&Gabbana has since apologized for its mistakes with their three statements. You can see their first statement of apology with the video down below.

Dolce&Gabbana apologizing for the fiasco of November 2018.

This has not been the first time that Dolce&Gabbana has had backlash. Back in 2016, they labelled a pair of shoes as “slave sandals” but later changed it to “decorative flat sandal”). They’ve also banned certain critics from coming to their shows in hopes that they don’t receive any negative reviews. However, this should be the least of their worries. Now, they are scrambling to make up for lost sales because of having to close down all of its stores in China.

My Thoughts

I agree with the general public! Dolce&Gabbana should have taken more care in what they planned to do to market their new line. They should have been much more cautious about their content. They played into old stereotypes which upset the public even more. Cultural appropriation is very real. Unfortunately, Dolce&Gabbana had to learn that the hard way. Now, they’re going to have this huge loss in growth. Another interesting fact that I found about this whole situation was that it took them (the co-founders of Dolce&Gabban) one whole week later to have their apology be translated into Mandarin. You would have thought that with a situation this crucial and blown up that you would act more quickly on it than anything. It also surprised me that they had so much backlash before and still didn’t “learn their lesson”! Hopefully, this event was more than enough for them to learn the do’s and don’ts! Is this the end for Dolce & Gabbana?

Dolce&Gabbana’s latest collection – Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Show / The Runway

Experiencing Food, Sharing Culture- Andrew Zimmern

When I was younger, I fell in love with the Travel Channel and Food Network. I was always excited to watch the latest episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives featuring Guy Fieri; but I was especially excited to watch Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. It made me want to eat everything and travel everywhere! I wanted to be him! (I still want to do what he does for a living!)

Andrew Zimmern is “regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world“. Zimmern has experienced various cultures in more than 170 countries! You may have seen him on one of his many shows on the Travel Channel as executive producer and host: Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, The Zimmern List, and on Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip.

His journey to becoming the successful chef, writer, and teacher that he is today came after his addiction to drugs and alcohol. On Larry King Now, he discusses how his battle with addiction challenged him in many ways. Ultimately, Zimmern’s friends held an intervention and guided him on a much healthier path towards sobriety.

In an effort to start a new, he started washing dishes at New York’s Café Un Deux Trois in 1992. When a line cook didn’t show up for his shift, Zimmern took over and it was then that he found his love for all things food. After that same shift, he became the executive chef in seven weeks time.

Besides TV, Zimmern founded Food Works, a multi-media content production company that oversees production and distribution of all of his media appearances and collaborations. He also has his own cooking series, AZ Cooks, where he shares recipes and techniques from what he learned on his travels. Zimmern has even published a book for young adults: Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, Wonderful Foods; An Intrepid Eater’s Digest (Feiwel & Friends, 2012).

I could go on and on about Andrew Zimmern, but I’ll let a list of his awards speak for himself. Here are a few:

  • nominated for 12 James Beard Awards
  • “TV Food Personality” (2010)
  • “Outstanding Personality/Host (2013 and 2017)
  • “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food”
  • “30 Most Influential People in Food”.

If you ever want to travel for eats, then Andrew Zimmern would be one of the best people to follow! On all of his shows and website, he takes you around the world on “his quest to find the most interesting dishes in the world”. He focuses not only on the food and how to prepare and eat it; but also on the culture of where it’s coming from. While his content is directed on food, he makes sure to concentrate on the culture that he’s experiencing. It’s not only a learning experience for the audience; but for himself as well. This helps gives travelers an idea of what to expect when they go on their “quests”.

Below is a video of an interview with Andrew Zimmern about his show, Bizarre Foods. The following is the video’s description: “Andrew Zimmern visits to discuss “Bizarre Foods.” The show follows Zimmern as he crisscrosses the globe bringing viewers a look at the most interesting delicacies. What was the most peculiar thing he ate this season? Tune in to hear what Zimmern has to say. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series. “

This second video is a highlight from his show Bizarre Foods. This particular episode takes place in Amsterdam. The description of the video is as follows: “Andrew Zimmern travels to Amsterdam for unique reinventions of traditional Dutch recipes. From invasive goose krokets and insect-filled nuggets to smoked local eel and hollow pig head, Zimmern tastes the city’s nonconformity in every bite. “

Find out more about Andrew Zimmern and his passion for food on his website!

“25 Best Travel Tips I’ve Picked Up from 80+ Countries” – Drew Binsky

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I want to travel the world! I want to be a citizen of the Earth and connect with people all around the globe! I’d love to travel on a whim; but I’m not usually one to take risks, especially with travelling. However, every time I watch one of Drew Binsky’s YouTube videos, he makes me want to drop everything and explore! Below is his latest video!

Courtesy of Drew Binsky’s YouTube Channel

“Drew Binsky is a 27 year old daily travel video maker, blogger and social media influencer with 1.7+ million combined followers and 400+ million video views.” AND one of my biggest inspirations for travelling after I graduate in May!

Drew has visited 80+ countries ever since 2012! After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Wisconsin universities!) with a degree in Economics, he went to Korea for 18 months teaching English. Not the “typical route” someone would take after getting a degree in Economics, but hey that’s the beauty of it all! It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else – it just has to make sense to YOU!

Now in 2019, Drew’s country count is up to 153 countries (truly a travel wizard!) He has probably learned a thing or two (in this case – 25) about the general travel do’s and don’ts. I can’t even begin to imagine where to start when getting ready to travel much less during the actual trip! This list really helped me with all the important aspects of travelling! It also made me think a lot more about my post undergraduate life! Read all about Drew’s tips here!