NEW YORK — It comes as no surprise that the hair at Marc Jacobs runway show Thursday — pastel colored, wool dreadlocks banded into models’ hair — spurred heated Internet chatter.
Immediately following the show, there was a flurry of social conversation around cultural appropriation, with some users blasting Jacobs for his show’s hair choices. The issue went viral and has been covered by publications including USA Today, The Daily Mail and The Daily Beast.
Jacobs first commented on an Instagram post published by the brand @marcjacobs with his personal handle, @themarcjacobs. The comment read: “@radical.lizeth @emmelephant and 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. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow-minded….Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it.”
A more recent comment made by Jacobs appeared below his Instagram post of Kendall Jenner and his dog Neville from three days ago that already has more than 1,100 comments. He apologized for his earlier comment.
It read: “@__kayy1_ of course straight hair isn’t a white thing. I was referring to hair styling and texture for my fashion show and defensive. I apologize if I offended anyone at all. Certainly wasn’t my intention at all.”
A formal statement on social media hasn’t been made yet on either Jacobs’ personal (@themarcjacobs) or the brand’s (@marcjacobs) Twitter accounts, which have 1.2 million and seven million followers, respectively. A perusal of the brand’s Snapchat Story from the past 24 hours revealed a lot of models getting ready backstage, celebrities front row and bits from the actual show.
This did nothing to calm the Internet, whose commentary about the designer is still going strong.
Marc Jacobs’ could not be reached for comment.
WWD was backstage before the show, where lead hairstylist Guido Palau discussed Jacobs’ hair inspiration. WWD originally reported that when asked by an editor if Rastafarian culture influenced the hair, Palau said “not really, no.” He rattled off references — in addition to Jacobs’ friend, director Lana Wachowski’s, pink dreadlocks — that included things like ravers, acid-house music, Harajuku Girls and Boy George.
WWD compiled some of the most heated tweets on the subject: