Luxury fashion is going down the drain as Burberry is the next fashion house to come under fire for a racist symbol on their clothing!
Burberry is issuing an apology after being called out for their London Fashion Week show where they showcased a hoodie with a rope around the neck that resembled a noose.
“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.
The concern about the sweatshirt was fist brought to light by one of the models who was in the show Liz Kennedy who took to Instagram to share her story.
“Suicide is not fashion,” Kennedy said. “It is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.”
“I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter.”
Kennedy goes on to share what happened backstage when she was talking about the look saying that people were joking about the design while it was hanging from the ceiling.
“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,'” she said.
Burberry CEO Gobbetti did reach out to the model apologizing for the design which was followed up by the UK’s Mental Health Foundation who expressed the need for better examination of the creative process.
“It is disappointing to see this representation in our day and age considering how much ground we have covered in mental health in recent years,” said Antonis Kousoulis, associate director of research at the charity.
“I was glad to hear that the fashion house apologized and pulled the item, but, more generally, I would like to see more diversity in the creative process,” Kousoulis added.
The show’s designer, Burberry’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci released a statement saying;
“I am so deeply sorry for the distress that has been caused as a result of one of the pieces in my show on Sunday.”
“While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive. It was never my intention to upset anyone. It does not reflect my values nor Burberry’s and we have removed it from the collection. I will make sure that this does not happen again,” he added.