Fires Still Burn over Birkin Stunt

Francesca Eastwood (in photo) fuels the flames as she and photographer Tyler Shields set a $100,000 Birkin Bag on fire for an art project

Los Angeles–Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca and her photographer boyfriend Tyler Shields are still getting heat over their latest “art” protect. But it looks like the story will have a happy ending after all.

Recently, the two set a $100,000 Hermes Birkin bag on fire–after hacking it in half with a chainsaw–to make a political statement about luxury consumerism. They were immediately attacked for not selling the bag and donating the money to charity. They even received death threats.

Shields, however, just announced that he would sell the photos and give the money to one lucky family.

Publicity stunt, for sure. Eastwood is part of the new reality TV series “Mrs. Eastwood & Co.,” which debuted last week on Entertainment Network. In a recent episode, Shields gave Eastwood a $100,000 red crocodile Birkin bag. As she oohed and ahhed, he told her that she would have to destroy it as part of his new photo series “Fashion Kills.”

On his website Tylershields.com, he wrote under the photos: “Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom…Would you want this bag? Are you sad to see me destroy it?

Shield’s Charitable Response

Not surprisingly, the blogs lit up with angry comments about the act, not to mention even angrier statements about anyone who’d spend $100K for a bag in the first place.

But it looks like that $100,000 might be re-directed in the right place after all.

In an interview with Artinfo.com,  Shields had this to say:

“The Birkin photos are for sale. If somebody were to buy — all right, let’s do this. If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 — not to a charity — but to a family. I will give one family in need $100,000 cash…I would select somebody who — my father had a stroke when I was 15, and it became very difficult financially for the family, so I think I would do that. I think I would find a family that someone had a stroke or some type of ailment. I think that if somebody had done that for us when that happened to me, it would have been like a miracle. So, I’ll find somebody who that just happened to and I will help them out.”

But here’s a question: Did Shields receive this same type of response when he sawed and drilled a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to make a similar statement?

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.