Anna Wintour apologises for ‘migrant chic’ comments

Editor-in-chief of American Vogue used phrase to describe a Kanye West fashion show in New York

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has apologised for using the phrase migrant chic to describe a Kanye West fashion show.

During an appearance on the US TV talkshow Late Night with Seth Meyers, Wintour discussed pictures of her sitting alone in a VIP area at Wests event at Madison Square Garden, in New York where West was debuting his new album, The Life of Pablo, and his Adidas Yeezy season 3 fashion line.

Wintour explained she had arrived early and was waiting for the Kardashians to arrive en masse and Jay-Z. So, eventually, they did turn up and The Life of Pablo concert started and the migrant chic fashion show started and they were both wonderful, she said, in an apparent reference to the clothing on show.

She was criticised for her choice of words, with some people posting messages on social media. One Twitter user wrote: Apparently migrant chic is becoming a thing in the fashion world. Do we really need to spell out how insensitive that is?

Another tweeted: Anna Wintour called Yeezy season 3 Migrant Chic. Even though Chic is a good thing, the word Migrant can be taken any other ways.

Following the criticism, she said: I apologise if my remark was offensive in any way. The migrant crisis is real, and I didnt intend to trivialise that issue.

Last October a photographer took down images he had posted from a fashion shoot that took its inspiration from the scenes of refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe.

Speaking to AFP, Norbert Baksa criticised what he called the medias incomplete coverage of Europes worst migrant crisis since the second world war.

He said his shoot, called Der Migrant, was intended to represent what he called the ambiguity of the crisis by depicting someone who is miserable but at the same time very beautiful, and who despite the situation owns good-quality clothing and a smartphone.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/apr/15/anna-wintour-under-fire-for-migrant-chic-comments