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Marc Jacobs Under Fire For Misappropriating Dreadlocks In NYFW Show

When it comes to culture appropriation, the fashion industry takes another "L."

It looks like Marc Jacobs' unveiling of his spring/summer 2017 collection during the final days of New York Fashion Week didn't go too well.

The designer was met with controversy on Thursday (Sept. 15) after models like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Jourdan Dunn, and Karlie Kloss were seen on the runway with multicolored dreadlocks. Speaking with The Cut, hair stylist Guido Palau denied the look was inspired by Rastafarian culture. "No, not at all," he said. "I don’t really think about that. I take inspiration from every culture. Style comes from clashing things. It’s always been there — if you’re creative if you make food, music, and fashion, whatever, you’re inspired by everything. It’s not homogeneous. Different cultures mix all the time. You see it on the street. People don’t dress head-to-toe in just one way.”

Instead, Palau says the inspiration was drawn from The Matrix director Lana Wachowski. The legendary director has worn her signature colorful dreadlock style since announcing herself as a trans woman. “He was like, ‘I want to see this shade and this shade and this shade!’  he said about Jacobs. "His coloration and detailing was incredible. He would say, ‘Could you do something in a more khaki shade?’ Every coloration was so important."

He also threw in another dose of black erasure by citing the Harajuku girls and anime as inspiration. "That was the starting point, then we looked at movements like rave culture, acid house and club culture, travelers, Boy George and Marilyn," he told Refinery29.

Palau's decision to etch out the literal roots of the hairstyle upset many who believed the designer could have at least hired black models who wore dreadlocks or a person of color to create the look. Instead, Jena Counts who sells dyed hair from Florida on Etsy was asked to assist the designer. Counts, who is white, hand-dyed the 12,500 pieces of wool for the show.

Jacobs himself has been quiet about the backlash but Twitter wasn't.

https://twitter.com/JxhnBinder/status/776554721322688513

Ironically, the move is very similar to the designer's spring 2015 show where white models wore Bantu knots allegedly inspired by musician Björk. Again, there was no mention of the styles connection to African-American women. History has a way of repeating itself, doesn't it?

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Lola Plaku And Puma Unite For 'NOVA GRL PWR' Shoe

CEO of Lola Media Group and bonified music industry heavyweight, Lola Plaku has been honored with her very own sneaker collection with Puma.

Released Friday (Jan. 18), the two-piece sneaker collection is a new twist on a classic '90s pair of kicks designed by Plaku herself. Blending mesh and leather, the shoes come in Black-Surf, a black-based shoe with pearl pink, dark blue and yellow accents and Peach Bud–Pearl Blush a light pink and white sneak.

“Lola is known for spearheading a mission to empower young women, and this partnership pays tribute to her efforts with a Nova sneaker pack aptly titled GRL PWR,” said PUMA’s Senior Head of Select, Yassine Saidi.“Lola inspires others to create change and push culture forward, making her the perfect co-creator of the new Nova.”

A bright shining star indeed, Plaku was named one of Billboard's rising stars to watch in their 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players issue. Formerly known for her talents in music journalism, the entrepreneur has gone on to create her own blog iLuvLola. She is now working on her mentorship program GIRL CONNECTED, built to help aspiring female professionals.

“This campaign is truly about building self-esteem and creating a platform for self-discovery, growth, and empowerment," Plaku said about the collaboration. "Girls and women should believe they can be anything they want to be."

You can cop the Puma NOVA GRL PWR sneakers now, with the second design making its way in March.

See photos from the very colorful campaign and styles below.

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Prep Your Pockets: Rihanna Reportedly Launching Luxury Fashion House With LVMH

Tackling more than music these days, Rihanna's brand has expanded past her "Pon de Replay" days. Nearly 14 years strong in this industry, the all-Fenty-everything empress is now gearing up to launch a luxury fashion house under her name.

According to multiple sources and Women's Wear Daily, LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and the 30-year-old singer/songwriter have been attending hush-hush meetings with the worlds largest luxury group. LVMH has reportedly also cherrypicked employees from within the company, including workers from Celine and Louis Vuitton to work with Rihanna and neighboring associates.

Though details about the launch are extremely limited at this time, many have already developed high hopes and expectations for the " Work" singer's newest business venture.

While this exciting new business venture marks an amazing high note for the Barbadian songstress, many fans await her highly anticipated return to music since her 2016 Anti LP. According to Ms. Fenty herself, her next project should be dropping sometime in 2019. The album was originally rumored to be a dancehall record meant to pay homage to her roots, but there has been no confirmation from RiRi since production began.

 

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Michael B. Jordan Is The Face Of Coach's Men Label

If you have eyes that work (hell, even if you have one eye) then you can tell Michael B. Jordan won the genetic contest. The Creed II star is equally known for his roles in feature films as he is his face, which is why he's been tapped to represent the men's label for Coach.

The 31-year-old actor released a statement about the partnership and expressed great gratitude and excitement about his new venture.

“I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values,” Jordan added. “I’m honored to be a part of Stuart’s vision and creative process.”

The admiration goes both ways. Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers was equally thrilled with Jordan leading the campaign for the men's line.

"I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years," Vevers said. "He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level."

While Jordan holds it down for the men, Selena Gomez remains the face for the women's side of the house.

Congrats to Mr. Jordan. We see you. [Insert eye emoji here]

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