Marc Jacobs recently presented a fashion show at NYFW, and as we learned yesterday, he sent his models down the runway looking like a bunch of sorority girls who all decided to go to Sigma Phi’s Funkadelic mixer as George Clinton. Every model wore piles of wool dreadlocks that Marc bought from an Etsy store. Marc explained that the look was inspired by Lana Wachowski. Not surprisingly, this didn’t sit well with some people, and it wasn’t long before Marc Jacobs was accused of appropriating black culture. Marc decided to respond to the people who weren’t feeling it, and he let them know it’s he who isn’t feeling them.
Marc decided the best place to respond was on Instagram, where a lot of them were leaving comments explaining why putting dreads on white girls wasn’t the best idea. Marc went with the “I don’t see color or race” explanation. He also said that anybody who thinks his white girl dreads aren’t right is “narrow minded.” He must have had second thoughts about saying that, because The Cut says he later deleted his comment, but not before The Shade Room got a screengrab of it.
What, no “All Lives Matter” hashtag? Marc must have forgot.
I can’t with Marc comparing white girl dreads with black women straightening their hair, because obviously that’s like comparing apples and nope. He should have come up with a better explanation. Like, if he said “I decided to pay tribute to the embarrassing history of early-2000s girl ravers.” I think we all would have been on board for that one. At the very least, the next time Marc thinks of an idea, he should ask himself: “Has Justin Bieber done it recently?” If the answer is “yes“, then don’t do it.
Here’s Gigi and Bella Hadid, who were seen in New York yesterday still wearing their dreadlocks.