Extreme controversy has been surrounding MAC’s newest collection for Rodarte, which is scheduled for release in September. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers for Rodarte, say the collection was inspired by a recent trip they took to Texas and Mexico. The makeup names include “Sleepwalker,” “Bordertown” and “Ghost Town,” but it’s the nail polishes named “Juarez” and “Factory” that have motivated people to speak up.
Juarez, Mexico has been named “The World’s Deadliest City.” It is most commonly known for the abduction, murder and raping of hundreds of the young women living within the city. Many of the women are abducted while on their way to work at the local factories. Authorities estimate the female homicide toll to be around 400, while locals say the number is closer to 5,000! In the April edition of Vogue, the Mulleavy sisters talk about how they were inspired by the “pale faced women sleepwalking to work.” Unfortunately, the designer’s romanticized view is far from reality, and while these women may seem to be “floating” around the city before dawn, they are actually risking their lives everyday.
Pink crosses line the city in memory of women who have been murdered
The controversy surrounding the collection has forced MAC to issue a statement regarding this issue. They announced that they will be donating a “portion” of the proceeds to those in need in Juarez.
MAC’s Official 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.
Rodarte’s Official 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.