White Models March to "Formation," Beyhive Swarms
Fans are not happy about the use of Beyonce's anthem in the finale of Misha's all-white runway show.
Three-year-old Aussie label Misha, which presented its resort 2017 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia on Monday, has certainly garnered its fair share of attention over the past 24 hours. However, none of it really has anything to do with the clothes.
The first headlines to roll in marveled at show opener/closer Bella Hadid, who, after landing the cover of Elle this month, has been on a whirlwind world tour, jetting between international photoshoots and appearances at Cannes.
Now however, Hadid's face is front-and-center in a new controversy. Specifically, the use of Beyonce's "Formation" during the finale of Misha's presentation, where the all-white cast of models hit the catwalk with designer Michelle Aznavorian.
When it debuted, Beyonce's anthem elicited essay after essay about the song's powerful pro-black female message, so it's unsurprising that the reaction to "Formation" soundtracking a bevy of white women marching down a catwalk wasn't well-received by the Beyhive.
Did Misha Collection just close their show with an entirely white collection of models... to Formation? #MBFWA— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) May 16, 2016
Without a single woman of color in the show, Misha's presentation serve as another example of fashion's diversity problem. Thus, the use of the song, which Beyonce herself memorably performed at the Super Bowl halftime show with a homage to the Black Panthers, felt a little out of touch.
Aznavorian did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.