Vice Media’s renowned fashion magazine, i-D is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The glossy's Fashion Editor Max Clark has been suspended by the publication after the company received sexual misconduct claims from more than a dozen women. Clark, the man in the question, is known for his high-end styling for promotional shoots of luxe labels like Ralph & Lauren, Prada, Burberry, Nike and so on.
As reported by the Guardian, Clark is accused of making sexual advances towards women from his organization. Many women came forward to state that they have received explicit messages from the Fashion Editor. Most of the complainants were junior employees who worked for the publication or media house. The claims were collected semi-anonymously post which, a formal complaint was lodged with the Vice’s HR department. Post this, Clarke was suspended last week with due action taken against him.
Instagram’s fashion police Diet Prada shed some light on this issue stating that ‘suspension’ is merely a punishment for such a big accusation. “This industry really seems to love protecting its pervs. Interesting that @i_d has not addressed or reported on this yet, despite covering numerous other #MeToo cases within the fashion industry. Sending love and strength to all those who spoke up,” read its caption.
Owing to this entire chaos, the magazine, posted an update on the following matter and assured to deal with this issue fairly, with dignity. “We are taking these allegations extremely seriously and are handling them according to our established standards and processes. We retained an independent, outside investigator to investigate the claims and in order to not compromise the integrity of the investigation, we are fairly limited in what we can say at this stage. What we can unequivocally say is that we strive to maintain a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and as such, we immediately took the appropriate steps to ensure we are providing a safe working environment for our employees and partners,” read the Vice’s statement.
Post the Alexander Wang controversy last year, Vice’s i-D magazine from the fashion fraternity is under the same fire. What are your thoughts on this?
(Source- Guardian, Diet Prada)