Raury Confronts D&G On Their Politics At Their #Millennial-Themed Runway Show

by: Chloe Borich | 2 years ago | News

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Earlier this week, twenty-one year old musician, Raury, took a personal stand against Dolce & Gabbana on the runway of their SS18 menswear show. Amidst other models during the show’s finale, Raury stood as a shirtless pillar of strength, with “PROTEST D&G”, “GIVE ME FREEDOM” and “I AM NOT YOUR SCAPEGOAT” written across his torso, his fist clenched in the air and eyes closed. Moments later, he was gone, forcing his way through security at the building’s exit.

The luxury Italian fashion house enlisted models with sizeable social media followings to walk their latest collection, naming them #DGMillenials. Raury was one of them, a singer-song writer and rapper from Georgia, known for his woke lyrics concerning struggle, black-history, justice and politics. Selecting racially diverse models and members of contemporary pop-culture was a bold choice for a fashion house who actively promotes their dressing of the First Lady, Melania Trump. This was unbeknown to Raury until the night before the show, who Googled D&G so he wouldn’t confuse the designers and discovered their insensitive retaliation to backlash over their politics. After followers had pledged to #boycottdolceandgabbana, D&G used the outcry to theme a “Boycott Dolce & Gabbana” collection, with $245 T-shirts brandishing the hashtag - and concept - in a careless act of appropriation.

As told to GQ, Raury stated, “... as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting... Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real.” Despite D&G’s attempt to blur their conservative ways, Raury couldn’t have surfaced their failings any clearer than on his chest. He confided that he, as well as the other young models in the show had been “blinded by the opportunity” to walk for the house in Milan - which was his first ever show, “I felt like Dolce & Gabbana was literally trying to use the youth to wash their hands of any sort of heat from anyone who wants to protest against them.”

This comes after D&G recently stated in a feud with Miley Cyrus that, “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics...we make dresses”. The house is blatantly undermining the powerful notion of protesting through their runway and slogan-tees - both of which are seminal to fashion’s political history. Clearly, D&G don’t understand you can’t step forwards if you’re preaching backwards bull-shit.

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