NEW YORK - Once again, Marc Jacobs’ Fashion Week presentation has left fashion cognoscenti talking — but not because of the way runway models wore his clothes. Rather, Jacobs’ collection came under fire on social media because of the way his models wore their hair.
As part of Thursday’s show, the enigmatic designer sent a cast of predominantly white models down the catwalk with multicolored wool dreadlocks spilling from their crowns.
did Marc Jacobs really just build a whole fashion show around cultural appropriation? wow.— Elena 🍁 (@ddaisymeadows) September 15, 2016
Fashion week: We need a designer to exploit black culture for profit— Ziañ ✩ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ҉ ˚ (@Downeyinthedms) September 15, 2016
Marc Jacobs: pic.twitter.com/m4OYesiFIQ
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
The... interesting styling choice evoked memories of Jacobs' spring 2015 show where models sported Bantu knots, with hairstylist and Redken global creative director Guido Palau telling the Huffington Post the look was inspired by singer-songwriter Björk (never mind that black people have been rocking Bantu knots as a protective style for centuries).
@marcjacobs So, I guess this means POC can wear our locs freely now and not be blocked from a promotion or job in general?— Imani Ashante (@dopuhmean) September 15, 2016