Marc Jacobs Said What! Much Ado About Nothing?

New York Fashion Week has come to an end and while we have a week of exciting Trends from the Runway and so much more ... we felt it right to touch on this topic "right quick".

Models backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 show on Thursday September 15,2016 | Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Marc Jacobs
It seems almost every year a top Designer says or does something that makes us really think twice with "what really a gwaan inna dem head" [ what are they thinking ] This year it was American Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs ... yes the Marc Jacobs , "Uncle Marc ". For one of his shows Uncle Marc saw it fit to have his white  Models appear in faux dreadlocks on the runway... bar 2 models who were Black ( African American ). As a creative individual Marc has all the right to put forward his creative vision however he feels .. but! It was the way he responded to Social Media after they all went into a frenzy over said show. Here's what had happened.

On Thursday Marc Jacobs closed Fashion Week with a show that provoked a heated debate via Social Media and people were not talking about the seven inch platforms or the glitter doll frocks on the runway ... no my friends it was all about the bouquets of multicolored yarn spun to look like faux locks. This is what fueled the heated debate about cultural appropriation and creative inspiration.

A black woman wrote in a Twitter post: “An unknown black man/woman has dreads, it is assumed they smoke and/or are unprofessional. Marc Jacobs has a model with dreads, it’s boho chic.”
“So, I guess this means POC can wear our locs freely now and not be blocked from a promotion or job in general?” wrote another, using an abbreviation for “people of color.”
The furor might have died down after a couple of hours, but instead reached a new intensity after Marc Jacobs took to Instagram to address the criticism. Responding to two commenters using the handle @themarcjacobs, he wrote below a photo on his brand’s page: “All who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner — funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race — I see people.” New York Times

Let's not forget that Disney Star / Singer Zendaya was savagely taken apart just last year for appearing on the Red Carpets with Faux Locks when people went on to say she must smell of Canoli Oil and Weed .... wait what? Yes that really happened. How can it be seen as "Trendy" and "High Fashion" on one race but "Criminal" , "Dirty" and "Unprofessional" when worn by another? It kinda seem "Uncle Marc" is color blind or walking around with his eyes wide shut.  We are by no means condemning Marc Jacobs as he has made tremendous contributions to Fashion and the Society on a whole.

We here at Haute People are all about love ... Black , White , Yellow , Blue , Martian whatever! But let's not turn a blind eye to issues like this when we can use this platform to shed light.

Photo Credits

Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Marc Jacobs


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