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To keep track of everything happening in the Balenciaga saga, we've put together this timeline.
This was immediately picked up by style magazines like High Snobiety, who raved about the items available and exclaimed "The holiday gifting ante has officially been upped. Deck the halls in boughs of Balenciaga!"
The "gift collection" campaign was shot by photographer Gabriele Galimberti known for his award-winning National Geographic work. This is the campaign where children were posed holding "bondage bears", which were part of the Spring/Summer 2023 collection.
“Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”
“We take this matter very seriously and are taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photo shoot-”
The other campaign launched almost simultaneously was the 'Garde-Robe' campaign, where models and celebrities posed in the "bored rooms", in the latest Balenciaga gear, complete with purses and all office accessories that you could imagine. And then some printouts of child porn supreme court cases because why not?
Celebrities in this campaign included Nicole Kidman, Isabelle Huppert, Han So Hee, and models Bella Hadid and Khadim Sock.
TMZ reports on celebrities and influencers like Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid were "feeling the heat" because of their connection to the brand, as consumers begin to contact everyone involved.
As adland reported on here. The suit alleged that North Six and Jardins took part in "inexplicable acts and omissions" that were "malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless."
I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022
And they deleted everything else from their Instagram account, so now this is all anyone can see there.
The Balenciaga creative director Demna was supposed to receive the Global Voices award, but it was revoked.
An update on BoF VOICES 2022. pic.twitter.com/lb6iTeKsyv
— The Business of Fashion (@BoF) November 28, 2022
As adland reported on here, Princess Madeleine of Sweden spoke out against Balenciaga's ad campaign, while promoting her "Childhood foundation" which works to protect children from violence and sexual abuse.