Marc Jacobs Kills Them With Kindness- Sort Of

Find Out How The Designer Faced Criticism After NYFW

Marc Jacobs Kills Them With Kindness- Sort Of

September 19th, 2016

Marc Jacobs faced the consequences of his actions and after countless commenters calling out the designer for having his NYFW models wear dreadlocks — a choice many deemed cultural appropriation — the fashion designer offered up a response via Instagram. After a few days to think about it, he’s come back with a more sincere apology.

Captioning a text photo reading, “I have read your comments …” Jacobs, 53, wrote on his personal Instagram page on Sunday, September 18, “… 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.”

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This post was a direct response to a comment he left on the official Marc Jacobs page, which called out “all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair” — a statement many were outraged by.

Nevertheless, Redken Global creative director Guido Palau, who helped craft the hairstyles using Etsy shop owner @DreadsbyJena’s wool dreads, defended the look. “I don’t really think about that. I take inspiration from every culture,” he told The Cut. “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.” Palau added, “Different cultures mix all the time. You see it on the street. People don’t dress head-to-toe in just one way.”

@bellahadid and @kendalljenner backstage at our Spring ’17 show ?? #MJSS17

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Talk about turning tables and looking over critics.

What do you think about Jacob’s and Palau’s response? 

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