Rodarte For M.A.C. Gives Back To Mexican Factory Laborers
designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy took us on a trip to Mexico
's border with their dreamy, yet ghostly fall '10 collection that was inspired by Mexican factory workers' early morning commutes to their outposts in Juarez
. To accompany the collection, they've teamed up with cosmetic brand M.A.C.
to put out a line of makeup. Although most of us were struck by the ethereal beauty that we saw from Rodarte's runway show, the literal translation to makeup has sparked some controversy
. Nail polish names like the mint green Factory
and frosty pink Juarez
seem ignore the dangerous conditions faced by a number of women in the impoverished, factory town. To recognize the contentious source of inspiration, M.A.C. has decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to those in need in Juarez. Some say that condensing the issue down to a commercial line of makeup products discounts Juarez' plight, but we're big believers that provocative political subjects like these have a place in fashion and beauty brands. Addressing the issue, and then attempting to redress the situational like M.A.C. has done is far more commendable than ignoring it altogether. (Styleist