Haters are branding it 'cultural appropriation'.
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is facing massive criticism for his 90s-inspired New York Fashion Week show yesterday (September 15th 2016) which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, after using a lot of white models wearing fake dreadlocks. Many are branding it cultural appropriation of the rasta culture.
Marc Jacobs slammed for featuring white models with fake dreadlocks
There were platforms, metallics, animal print, high socks and sports jerseys - hugely reminiscent of the 90s. But there was one element of the whole Marc Jacobs bonanza that has seriously divided opinion; the multi-coloured faux dreadlocks.
Marc Jacobs , Bette Midler - Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Metropolital Museum of Art - New York, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016
The designer announced the news on Instagram Thursday, writing "Beauty, style and talent know no age.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s 14 year old daughter Willow Smith is the latest name to be unveiled as featuring in Marc Jacob’s Fall 2015 campaign. The announcement comes a week after pop star Cher was named as fronting the campaign at the age of 69.
At 14, Willow Smith is the latest Marc Jacobs model.
Announcing the news on Instagram designer Jacobs wrote, “Ever since our first Juergen Teller ad in 1998 which featured Kim Gordon on stage wearing my dress, I have always preferred collaborating with the people who inspire me to give new life to the clothes we show on our runway.”
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was seen arriving at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 show during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Joining her at the event was former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, DJ La La Anthony and lifestyle icon Martha Stewart.
Designer and girlfriend to Mick Jagger, L'Wren Scott has committed suicide.
L'Wren Scott has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment this morning after what is believed to have been a suicide. The 49 year-old fashion designer and girlfriend of The Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger was found by her assistant who received a text from L'Wren asking them to "come by," according to the NY Post.
Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott Was Found Dead By Her Assistant This Morning.
A spokesperson for New York City Police Department did not confirm that the body found was Scott's but said: "A 49-year-old female was found this morning at 10.05am at 200 11th Avenue. She was unconscious. She was pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services. The investigation is ongoing. We are awaiting medical examiners to determine the cause of death."
Marc Jacobs has received criticism for his use of controversial star, Miley Cyrus, as the face of his SS14 collection.
Miley Cyrus has certainly been a point of controversy for the past year. The ex-Disney star has seemed more than a little desperate to prove that her Hannah Montana days are behind her and what a grown up she is these days. Apparently one of the ways to do this is to strip off (apart from a weird frontal thong contraption) and pose for Terry Richardson. Cringe. However, Richardson aside, most notably Miley caused a global stir with her provocative performance alongside Blurred Lines singer, Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs 2013. I’ll never be able to look at a foam hand in the same way again.
Miley has had more than one fashion faux-pas in past months
Nicolas Ghesquière needs to make the brand more exclusive.
The appointment of Nicolas Ghesquière as the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton - following the departure of Marc Jacobs - appears to be a masterstroke from bosses at the fashion house. Ghesquière - announced as the new head creative week - is the man responsible for turning Balenciaga in the hottest brand in French fashion though he'll have a vastly different job at Vuitton.
Marc Jacobs Surprisingly Departed Louis Vuitton Last Month
"The Maison Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière, one of today's greatest talents," read a statement. "He will bring a modern creative vision to the House's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality which are at the heart of the Louis Vuitton Maison since 1854."
Continue reading: The Keys Issues Facing Nicolas Ghesquiere At Louis Vuitton
The Marc Jacobs show closed off NYFW, in classic Jacobs style, with a strong message.
This year Marc Jacobs closed New York Fashion Week with a grim reminder of the biggest environmental disaster, which the US has faced in the past year or so. In a somber show, held at the Lexington Armory, Jacobs mourned the damage caused by Sandy, which wrecked large parts of his beloved New York and his West Village home.
Jacobs paid sobre homage to Sandy.
The show, according to USA Today, featured one theme above all else – black, destruction, desolation. The black sand, strewn across the catwalk was reportedly shipped in directly from Katrina-ravaged coastlines – Jacobs never does things halfway. Cigarette butts and broken Budweiser bottles littered the edges of the runway, alongside a busted bus and shipwrecked mast. Whether because of the expensive sand or because the designer was trying to further emphasize the environmental message, guests were greeted by sweltering heat, which, intentionally or not, fit the theme rather perfectly.
The postponement of the show is due customs and deliveries delays. "We're missing bags, shoes and two fabrics," Marc Jacobs' International president Robert Duffy explained. "Marc and I are extremely sorry for this inconvenience. We just want to have the best show possible and show all the product that our design team has been working on so hard for the last six months," added Duffy. The change will see the show moved from its traditional Monday night slot to the 8pm slot on Valentines Day - the final day of New York Fashion Week. This leaves many critics, enthusiasts and designers with a tough decision: stay for the delayed Jacobs show or head to London for the start of fashion week there. "We completely understand if people have to get on a plane to go to London. We're not expecting people to change those plans or other plans just for us. We are live streaming the show. Still, we recognise the significant inconvenience and are very sorry about the situation."
It's set to be a hectic week for fashionistas; not only is the biggest show in the industry is landing, but 'Blizzard Nemo', too, which is predicted to attack NY with heavy snow, rain and high winds over the weekend, causing havoc for internal and outbound flights.