Holt Renfrew removes dress with yellow star
By Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 06:55 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 07:15 PM EDT
What do you think of when you see this yellow star?
•Yellow rose of Texas
•Sheriff’s badge
•Stars and stripes forever
•Twinkle twinkle
Maybe it’s just us, but this looks a lot like the yellow cloth star Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis during the Second World War.
A sharp-eyed shopper alerted the Toronto Sun to this window display at Holt Renfrew in the Yorkdale shopping mall, pointing out that this yellow star, as iconic symbols go, is too close for comfort.
The star on this Miu Miu clothing item is on the same side of the garment as the Jewish badge was placed; the Nazi-ordered star had the word “Jude” on it.
The Miu Miu fashion version reads “John.”
As coincidence goes, this is all fairly creepy.
And the timing is tense — it doesn’t help that white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups are currently having a moment in America.
Maybe Miu Miu made an innocent design mistake, but it’s difficult to figure out how. What, you might ask, is the yellow star on this dress supposed to be?
Is it a badly drawn badge? A fancy name-tag sticker? A mustard stain?
Is it something subconscious? A bad joke? A bald statement? Nothing at all?
Miu Miu is an Italian design company and a subsidiary of Prada. Miuccia Prada, 68, started the line in the early 1990s; Miu Miu is her family nickname.
Interestingly, Prada said in a 2013 interview (in the Telegraph’s Stella Magazine), “Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people.”
Although nobody answered the phone at the store in Yorkdale, Nicole Plener, vice president of marketing for Holt Renfrew, said that action had been taken over the offending items.
In a statement, Plener said, “It was brought to our attention today that a garment being sold at Holt Renfrew caused offence. Based on customer feedback we have removed the garment from store windows and floors. We apologize for any upset that this may have caused and want to reassure customers that this was not our intention.”
A women's tartan jumper with a yellow badge. On display at the Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale Mall. (LIZ BRAUN, Toronto Sun)

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what I also find offensive is that a dress would have the name tag of john. this Caitlyn jenner nonsense has gotten totally out of hand.