The rainbow dreadlocks at Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2017 have caused uproar on social media
Published 16/09/2016 | 10:06
Every season Marc Jacobs closes New York fashion week and the designer likes to go out with a bang.
Jacobs is renowned for putting on a show and the hair and make-up looks are as theatrical as the set and the collection itself.Two years ago, he made a statement by sending the models down the catwalk without any make-up at all, while for autumn/winter 2016 it was all about black lips and Alice Copper style graphic liner.
For spring/summer 2017, each model had custom cut, boiled and dyed dreadlocks weaved into their hair, which were then knotted together on top of their heads. From blues and violets to green and orange, there was every shade imaginable on a stellar model line-up, which included Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Taylor Hill.
However, the designer has faced a backlash over the use of dreadlocks on a predominantly white model line-up. Jacobs took to Twitter to respond to those angry about him using the cultural reference as a trend: "All who cry 'cultural appropriation' or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner - funny how you don't criticise women of colour for straightening their hair."
Rave culture, acid house and Boy George were amongst the inspiration and the hair stylist Guido Palau, who has worked with Jacobs for years, found the the maker of the dreadlocks online after searching for 80's style hair accessories. Jena Counts started Dreads by Jena just a year ago in Florida and spent days hand dying 2,500 pieces of the wool extensions with the help of her two daughters .
"The interesting thing about Marc is how he takes something so street and so raw, and because of the coloration of the hair and the make-up, it becomes a total look," Palau told Harpersbazaar.com backstage. While it's a look that has divided opinion, you can bet one thing for sure, Counts orders for coloured dreadlocks are about to go through the roof.