Rachel Ray’s fashion faux pas

I loved watching Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals on The Food Network before it was co-produce by Rachel & Oprah – Harpo Productions. It was too commercialized now much like a variety show and not a cooking show. 

Last April, Dunkin Donuts signed Rachel Ray as its brand representative to promote “better for you” food and beverage campaign. The airing of ads on Dunkin Donuts website caused a lot of stir and just recently the ads were pulled out by Dunkin Donuts. The reason….

 Her Scarf…..

Dunkin Donuts Executives has this to say….

“In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we are no longer using the commercial.”

As a resident here in UAE, the guthra is the norm and part of the Local Emiratis National Dress.Therefore, it is traditional & common sight since it is part of their daily oufits. Emiratis wore kandura which is an ankle length garmet with long sleeves usually in white and guthra as their headpiece to protect them from the hot climate & blown dust/sand. It is usually a red & white pattern or plain white.

Nowadays, these scarves are made into a fashion statement. The pattern draws inspiration to various fashion pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may be a political issue but as responsible people, we shouldn’t give out comments on the basis of a particular pattern. Often times, one’s sensitivity and judgements seemed like barking at a wrong tree. Dunkin Donuts claims that the scarf is of paisley print pattern. So why not show the world the whole piece. I mean, why would give in to false misconceptions. C’mon, it doesn’t make one an advocate or a  terrorist by wearing a scarf or these clothes just like that.

Mi Amour bought this blue scarf like a guthra at H&M.

Think and be open minded. Be responsible on your wardrobe choices and when making a statement.

 Fashion Sources:

1st pic: http://www.nitrolicious.com/blog/2008/04/14/hm-autumn-2008-children-men-product-preview/2/

all dress/tops: http://www.diadiwan.com/global-souk/product/yohji

H&M scarf: http://shop.hm.com/se/?action=viewshoppingwindow&dept=BARN_POJ_ACC_HAL

Related Articles:

http://actforamerica.org/headlines/culture-jihad-at-dunkin-donuts-rachel-ray-and-her-kaffiyeh-ad.html

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2008/05/the-perfect-hat.html

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One Response to Rachel Ray’s fashion faux pas

  1. Ladona says:

    Hi All: Please sign a petition to tell Dunkin Donuts we don’t believe Rachel Ray’s scarf is a terrorist symbol and that we’re disappointed in their decision to pull their ad and capitulate to the hysterical fringe of the right-wing blogosphere: http://www.eztrackz.com/tracking.aspx?id=85106
    Thanks!

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