Fashion powerhouse Burberry is in some serious hot water. The company has issued a public apology following backlash its received for sending a noose hoodie down a fashion week runway.
On Tuesday, Burberry issued an apology for showing off its controversial and racist apparel during its London Fashion Week showcase.
“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection,” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake,” he added. (CNN)
Model Liz Kennedy – who modeled in the show – issued a full statement on the situation.
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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look. Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry. I did not post this to disrespect the designer or the brand but to simply express an issue I feel very passionate about.
The drama has sparked a flurry of social media reactions and outbursts.
Burberry got the noose on the Hoodie. It seems European fashion designers is tryna one up each other during Black History Month. Smh. pic.twitter.com/w2SpIJ0TIw
— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) February 19, 2019
Y’all have lost your goddamned minds. “Fashion brand Burberry has apologized for showcasing a hoodie that featured a noose around the neck during its show at London Fashion Week.” https://t.co/UShcg3AakZ pic.twitter.com/E7Y7GbSII9
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 19, 2019
— Brogan Driscoll (@Brogan_Driscoll) February 19, 2019
Gucci and Moncler did blackface. Burberry thinks a noose around the neck is fashionable. I’m starting to believe the fashion industry has an agenda this Black History Month pic.twitter.com/CSVuNhlpVe
— The Honorable Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) February 19, 2019