British store Topshop accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ over Palestinian-style playsuit

The playsuit is mimics the typically Palestinian keffiyeh, a checkered scarf. (Photo courtesy: topshop.com)
Updated 05 April 2017
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British store Topshop accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ over Palestinian-style playsuit

DUBAI: British retail store Topshop, which has outlets around the world, is being accused of cultural appropriation by Twitter users angry over an outfit in its latest collection.
The retailer has come under fire online for its “Scarf Playsuit” which uses the same print as a Palestinian keffiyeh, a checkered scarf which is imbued with historical and cultural meaning for many Palestinians.
“Get festival-ready with this cute playsuit in monochrome scarf print with knot tie neck detail,” the website description reads. “Team with sliders for perfect summer-cool.”
Many social media users are accusing the brand of appropriating Palestinian culture.

“Probably the worst cultural appropriation yet. @topshop are charging $75 for this “scarf playsuit,” which is a Palestinian keffiyeh print,” one user said.
Another posted: “Topshop is ugly as hell for this. it’s a keffiyeh not a … scarf playsuit. there is so much meaning and spilled blood behind this.”
The brand has been accused of cultural appropriation before, over its line of Native American-inspired outfits.


First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

Updated 24 April 2018
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First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

WASHINGTON: Melania, or more specifically Melania’s hat, what were you saying?
The media and the Twitterverse had a big time Tuesday with the first lady’s I-spy chapeau, a wide-brim number designed by Herve Pierre that would have been perfect had the sun been out in Washington.
It was a grand topper for Mrs. Trump’s bright white Michael Kors suit and some said it stole the show during the South Lawn military pageantry welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, during their first official state visit.
Others on the social media sidelines were merely perplexed.
Was the hat more Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington Colby on “Dynasty” or Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope on “Scandal?” Was the grim-faced first lady in theoretical need of help as some asked on Inauguration Day?
Mrs. Trump kept her hat in place as the group moved indoors and also at the National Gallery of Art for a Cezanne break with Mrs. Macron, who wore a creamier shade of white, but no hat.
“Melania’s hat for president,” one tweeter declared. Others shared the sentiment.
Another chimed in: “Getting some serious Beyonce Formation vibes from Melania’s hat this morning.” Bey wore a version in black in the video for that hit.
Others on social media stuck to matters of etiquette, like the Twitter account of I’m Every Woman: “Melania’s hat might be OK for the races, a runway or even Church, not to wear when greeting visitors when you want to express a warm welcome. You want people to see your eyes and face and not impose an obstacle to the two cheek kiss, a French greeting.”
One thing was certain. Mrs. Trump was seriously committed to her hat.