We have all been victims of negativity and criticism on social media. Whatever you do online, there is always somebody ready to criticize. And when hit by unjustified hate, most of us take a step back. But hiding and feeling bad about it is not going to help anyone.
The truth is this: the more you expose the hate you get treating it with irony and irreverence, the less power it has to cause harm. This is why we are launching HauteCouture. A unique collection designed to do just that: disempower hate.
Where to start if not from what we have experienced directly?We took some of the hate Diesel received as a brand, like “Diesel is Dead” and “Diesel is not cool anymore” showing them with pride and turning them into unique items.
Then, because no one gets more hate than the celebrities and names we follow on social media, we are kicking this off with a group of polarizing global personalities including Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Bella Thorne, Bria Vinaite, Tommy Dorfman, Miles Heizer, Yovanna Ventura, Barbie Ferreira, Yoo Ah-In and Jonathan Bellini to help deliver an important message: “The more hate you wear the less you care.”
They chose the very worst of the comments they have ever received, and we have designed exclusive HauteCoutureitems for each of them. Nicki Minajwas dubbed “The Bad Guy.” Gucci Manewas told “Fuck You, Imposter.” Bella Thornewas named a “Slut.” All these comments are now limited-edition items in the Haute Couturecollection, available from October (exact date TBC) in selected South African Dieselstores.
This new chapter of Dieselcommunication starts and lives where online hate is born – mostly on social media – with a series of tailor-made videos for each member of our stellar cast. We can see them dance and ironically celebrate the hate they have received, helping the world to experience, first-hand, the campaign message.
We are doing all of this to inspire everyone out there to create their own one-of-a-kind Haute Coutureitems. In key markets around the world, starting from October 6, we will let our customers personalize this new collection, creating and wearing the worst comment they have ever received. And with the proceeds from the sale of Haute Coutureitems, Dieselwill be making a donation in support of anti-bullying and cyberbullying programs of the OTB foundation.