As always, the last day of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) featured the Marc Jacobs runway show and the fashion designer nailed it with a bang.
However, the renowned fashion designer stirred up controversy for using white models with faux dreadlocks in his show. Renowned for putting on a show, Marc Jacobs like to take fashion to the extreme sometimes.
years ago, he surprised the world by sending his models down the catwalk with zero make-up. And for autumn/winter 2016 it was all about black lips and Alice Copper style graphic liner.
Meanwhile, for spring/summer 2017, each model on the Marc Jacobs show donned custom cut, boiled and dyed dreadlocks; neatly weaved into their hair. The dreads were then knotted together on top of their heads. There was every shade of colours imaginable on the hairstyle.
Notably, a good number of the models included Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and Taylor Hill.
Thus, the designer has been hung out to dry as social media, being lambasted for his use of dreadlocks on a model line-up dominated by whites. Only two coloured people made the list and this did not go down well with the internet. The brand was accused of cultural appropriation. As a result, the brand has been topping the trends list on Twitter.
Meanwhile, in response to the upheaval, Marc took to Instagram to say:
“All who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticise women of colour for straightening their hair.”
Regardless, people still thought his move was inappropriate, adding that he could have just hired black girls with actual dreads.
When Marc Jacobs said "I don't see color I just see people" but yet casts only 2 black girls in his show of dreads???????? pic.twitter.com/u5mO5kgoVK
— Annabel R Nielsen (@annabel_rn) September 16, 2016
nah but honestly why did Marc Jacobs ruin his whole collection by doing white dreadlocks ????
— Rosie Newton (@rsnwtn) September 15, 2016
why couldn't marc jacobs hire black models with actual dreads instead of using fake dreads on white people pic.twitter.com/I0weET1cOf
— charl (@basxmxnt) September 15, 2016