By Puja Gupta
Major brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton and United Colors of Benetton have taken to social media to express rainbow as a symbol of hope in these trying times when the world is fighting a pandemic.
Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier, LVMH group and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Global Artistic Director of United Colors of Benetton, initiated a ”Rainbow Challenge” as a creative ray of hope and positive pillar across the globe.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac tells IANSlife: “In 1997, I was committed by the Vatican to dress Pope John Paul II, 500 bishops, 5000 priests and 1 million kids. I chose to dress them with the colors of the rainbow. At the end of this magic ceremony, the Pope told me, “You have used colors as cement of faith”. For brands all over the world, today, only colors can unite people in peace and no other brand can do it better than United Colors of Benetton”.
The Italian brand, which is known for its colorful outfits, is sending out the message of unity through its posts on Instagram featuring its rainbow-inspired collection.
The brand posted pictures of its stores in Italy and other places with a rainbow overhead to celebrate its re-opening after being closed for months due to the lockdown.
Laurent Feniou, Cartier MD, posted a picture of the Cartier building with rainbow shade in solidarity of the National Health Service of the UK and the healthcare workers who are at the forefront of the global battle against Covid-19. “Whether it be by painting, writing, singing, dancing, photography, objects or any multi-media platform of your choice, this colorful show of appreciation will uplift and unite friends of the Maison (House of Cartier) during this global fight,” he captioned the picture.
Adding: “All Friends of the Maison and their family are invited. Do not hesitate to post your artwork on #CartierOverTheRainbow…This art challenge will accompany our local charitable initiative for NHS Charities Together.”
Louis Vuitton has also posted several pictures and videos that depict its interpretation of the seven colors. The French fashion house posted an animated video in which it has defined rainbow as “a stretch of the imagination”.
“The rainbow, a stretch of the imagination. In 1925, Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote ‘Let’s turn the street into a cheerful space’. Today, #LouisVuitton’s tradition of creative shop windows ensures as a perpetual invitation for the spirit of travel. As select stores begin to re-open around the world, hand-drawn rainbows by children and employees serve as welcoming beacons of hope during this uncertain time. #LV,” read the caption.
While another video posted by LV features pictures of rainbows painted by the children of Louis Vuitton’s employees. These have appeared across their store windows worldwide as colorful beacons of joy during these challenging times.