Chanel is one of the latest labels that has taken a step forward in differentiating its own corporate structure. According to The Business of Fashion, the French Maison has hired Fiona Pargeter as its new Head of Diversity and Inclusion, making this the very first position of this sort at Chanel. As of recent, the fashion spectrum has striven to create a fairer industry, burgeoning ‘willingly-good’ intentions that often led to slip-ups across the board.
Nevertheless, many other brands are grieved by similar criticism. On this occasion, Dolce and Gabbana draws in a notable example: in a commercial campaign, a Chinese model was seen eating Italian food with chopsticks, followed by the thread of racist comments made by D&G co-founder Stefano Gabbana. Adding further controversy to the matter is Off-White, brand which earlier this year faced a severe social media backlash the moment when images of a staff party were released, formed by an entirety of white employees.
Chanel firmly believes Pargeter will be a perfect fit to foster a more diverse and eclectic environment within the company. Pargeter previously helmed a role alike for the Swiss Bank UBS, and though she paves her way into late Karl’s lavish realm, the world is snooping to see how this – or better, if – will work out, as Chanel’s diversity ambassador is, well, white.