Now, before we jump to conclusions, let’s all remember that Willow Smith was crowned the ambassador of Chanel last March. With that being said, Karl Lagerfeld has just released the new Chanel S/S 2017 ads starring model Arizona Muse. The debate began immediately when everyone saw that in the ad that Muse is rocking Bantu Knots and Cornrows.
The brand released this statement, saying:
“Lagerfeld plays with contrasts as he captures the metamorphosis of a contemporary creature, one minute a pop Lolita, the next a cyber punk, in order to highlight the explosive combinations from a collection that is feminine and yet ultra-modern.”
In layman’s terms, thanks to girls like Blac Chyna, Rihanna, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Willow Smith, and other Hollywood IT girls, these styles are IN. Now, as for the claims of appropriation, it would have been more conscious of them to place a model of African-American decent as the headliner for this look.
Socialites, would you consider this as cultural appropriation, or just Chanel taking notice of black culture styles and finally recognizing them in mainstream fashion?