Diesel has taken Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” to fashion in a new anti-bullying campaign featuring a few celebs that people tend to have pretty spicy opinions about. Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Bella Thorne, Tommy Dorfman, Yoo Ah-in, and model Jonathan Bellini have offered up some of their most hateful, negative messages received via social media to print on Diesel designs, a spinoff of haute couture that Diesel is referring to as “hate couture.”
Minaj has a t-shirt that’s printed with “The Bad Guy,” while Gucci Mane’s shirt reads “F*ck You, Imposter.” The other celebrity shirts are sure to be just as shocking (or, unfortunately not so shocking). Diesel founder Renzo Rosso said, “We wanted to create this controversial irony with our clothes. It’s the way we have to communicate today. We have to do it with our lifestyle and irony.”
Rosso — who is also the president of OTB Group, the holding company of Diesel as well as Maison Martin Margiela and Marni — is no stranger to controversial fashion. Over the decades, Diesel has confronted issues like religion, sexuality, race, and politics, and he intends to continue the tradition — calling this method of building a connection with each new generation of fashion-lovers via social issues “the only way to survive.”
Diesel’s limited edition “hate couture” collection will be available in Diesel stores and online, and customers will also be able to create their own customized pieces from October 6. Proceeds from the sale of the items will go to anti-bullying programs at the OTB foundation.
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