I swear I am so tired of Marc and his shenanigans! Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with his highly anticipate runway show last week and everybody is talking about it.
From the reports the show was awesome but what really got people talking was the hair. Marc decided to do his usual cultural appropriation thing where his models wore color dread locs but instead of using black women with real locs he used white women with yarn or some sort of material.
Would some people call it edgy? Yes, but in a sort of “let’s mimic black people and their styles” and then tell the press that you got inspired by “many different” inspirations including, Boy George, and Marilyn Manson.
“But as with any hairstyle for a fashion show, we look at tons of references,” he told Allure, “so the look ends up being a result of many different inspirations and cultural references,” a list that included musician Boy George and Marilyn Manson, ’80s club kids, Japanese Harajuku girls, and ravers. “It’s never about just looking at one thing or one reference point—it’s a melting pot of ideas.”
To add insult to injury Marc was called out about his cultural appropriation antics and you will not believe the level of ignorance he came back with to justify his position:
So not only are we ‘narrow minded’ but we should be criticized for using a flat iron*? Unlike locs, bantu knots and other styles that Marc Jacobs does on his models without any mention of the actual culture it comes from, straight hair does not belong to white folk.
I think it is actually very silly to always write about this year after year. Why is it so hard people to say, I am wearing cornrows and not change it to boxer braids or for black women to rock French braids and actually say “French Braids”. (Which we do by the way)
In retrospect, it is my opinion that despite what Marc said on Instagram I believe that he does this stuff for attention. He is very aware of the backlash he received with the ‘mini buns’ and chances are the extra media attention helped him and his brand. As backward as that sounds, people do it all the time.
You see Marc is only a part of the problem, another big issue is this article that I am writing giving him free attention. Or when I look in my beauty cabinet and see my favourite Marc Jacobs perfume in there sitting pretty. Next year it will be something else and we will be doing this all over again and old man Marc will sit at home in a French robe listening to Missy Elliot, repeating to himself “All press is good press”!- Over and over and over again!