September 16, 2016


Marc Jacobs Ignites Fashion Controversy With White Models Wearing (Fake) Dreadlocks

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs

With New York Fashion Week wrapping up on Thursday night, 53-year-old NYC native Marc Jacobs gave an instantly controversial show. But sending a troupe of largely white models down the runway wearing fake dreadlocks will do that, y'know?

According to The Cut, Jacobs was inspired by the hairstyle rocked by the transgender co-director of The Matrix, Lana Wachowski. The designer teamed with British hairstylist Guido Palau to have superstar models/present or future Taylor Swift squaddies like Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk and Jourdan Dunn wear a rainbow-spread of wool dreads made specially by the Etsy seller Dreadlocks by Jena:

Asked by The Cut if Rasta culture inspired the move, Palau said no. On the subject of cultural appropriation, he offered:

“I don’t really think about that. I take inspiration from every culture. Style comes from clashing things. It’s always been there—if you’re creative, if you make food, music, and fashion, whatever, you’re inspired by everything. It’s not homogeneous. Different cultures mix all the time. You see it on the street. People don’t dress head-to-toe in just one way.”

Next, watch the Fuse staff get some festival-ready hairstyles (also good for everyday life and non-problematic fashion shows):