Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is in hot water after showing off his latest fashion collection during New York Fashion week on Thursday.
The fashion show featured a lot of colors and patterns. However, when several models walked down the runway with heavily dyed loc extensions many people were offended. Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, Adriana Lima and Taylor Hill all walked down the runway with loc extensions.
Karlie at the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show ? (9.15.16) pic.twitter.com/pFfxxh4UF6
bestkkpics (@bestkkpics) September 16, 2016
Images of white models with fake locs have pissed people off across the country. Many people argue that it is another example of cultural appropriation.
okay but like y’all think black people w/ dreads are thugs and gross but when a white person does it for marc jacobs it’s fashion????? wyd
Brad (@brad_loomis) September 15, 2016
Marc Jacobs used every line in the I’m-Not-Racist handbook:
“I don’t see race”
“Black girls straighten their hair!”
“But like love tho”
Kelli Weston (@kelli_weston) September 16, 2016
Others asked why didn’t Marc Jacobs cast more black models, since the hairstyle is worn predominately by black women.
“funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair” MARC JACOBS OFFICIALLY CANCELED pic.twitter.com/o098M16KOw
:p (@SLAYLONIE) September 16, 2016
New York magazine asked Guido Palau, Marc Jacobs hairstylist, about the “politics of giving everyone in the show dreadlocks. He responded with:
I dont really think about that. I take inspiration from every culture. Style comes from clashing things. Its always been there if youre creative, if you make food, music, and fashion, whatever, youre inspired by everything. Its not homogeneous. Different cultures mix all the time. You see it on the street. People dont dress head-to-toe in just one way.