A couple of ElleTee designs are featured in Style Bermuda's new "Reckless" photoshoot. There has been a crazy amount of conflicting comments on the site and on Bernews about the shoot and the 'bad girl' message that it is sending out to young girls.
I respect the comments made by the "concerned parent" and think it is very important that as artists we try to send out a positive message as often as possible. However, I also believe that fashion should be used as a tool to bring attention to issues that people actually go through in real life, and Style Bermuda has done this. The reality is that there are bad girls every where that your child will come across AND every normal girl has a bit of 'bad girl' lingering inside her that will most likely come out at some point in her life. It is part of life and the development process for all people. It would be impossible and irresponsible to try and suppress any part of your child's character from surfacing whether it is good or bad. Girls need to learn how to handle the negative aspects of their personalities just as much as the positive. They need to know that how they dress and the attitude they adopt is directly related to how people will perceive them. Whether or not a girl presents this bad girl image constantly is completely up to her. It is our responsibility to make them aware that it is their choice, and that the way to get ahead in life is to stay true to themselves and not conform to what everyone else is doing... especially the media.
That all being said, I think the clothes and models look great in the shoot. While I don't like that the model is smoking while wearing an ElleTee design, I do LOVE how she paired the ElleTee leopard print wrap skirt with a casual crop top - totally my personal style!
This little black silk dress is one that I had made while in Hoi An, Vietnam. I love that she has paired it with cut off denim shorts to give it a more casual vibe, while keeping it classy.
Maintain your class and respect ladies!