Marc Jacobs is coming under fire for the beauty looks featured in his Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show.
The designer, whose fashion week event always draws a star-studded crowd, is being accused of cultural appropriate after sending white models with dreadlocks down his runway.
Several high profile models, including Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Gigi and Bella Hadid, were pictured modelling multicoloured dreadlocks made from wool.
The designer was reportedly inspired by Lana Wachowski, the filmmaker behind such films as “Matrix” and “V For Vendetta”.
Critics were also keen to point out that Jacobs featured very few black models within the show.
“An unknown black man/woman has dreads and it’s assumed they smoke and or are unprofessional,” one fashion follower tweeted. “[Now] Marc Jacobs has a model with dreads, it’s boho chic.”
Jacobs has since addressed the criticism, calling the controversy “nonsense.” “I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see colour or race — I see people,” he wrote. “I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow-minded.”
“Love is the answer,” he added.
Jacobs would later issue a formal apology for his polarising comments by further clarifying his position on race and discrimination in another Instagram post that featured the quote, “I have read you comments.”
“…I thank you for expressing your feelings. I apologise for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity,” he wrote. “I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech and freedom to express oneself [through] art, clothes, words, hair, music…EVERYTHING. Of course I do “see” colour but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT! ”
…and I thank you for expressing your feelings. I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity. I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech and freedom to express oneself though art, clothes, words, hair, music…EVERYTHING. Of course I do “see” color but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT! Please continue to express your feelings freely but do it kindly. Nothing is gained from spreading hate by name calling and bullying.