Much like blackface, there are certain things in the realm of culture and history that we know we should stray away from appropriating into modern-day work, but sometimes the fashion industry just doesn’t give a hoot. Namely, Karl Lagerfeld, who debuted a show titled ‘Cowboys and Indians’ in Texas last week.
The final two looks of the show featured white, feathered headdresses, and as expected, the masses weren’t having it. So in the sequence these things normally take, Chanel has offered the skeleton of what appears to be an apology, and you can build around it as you please.
The statement reads as follows:
“The Chanel Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art 2013/2014 collection is a celebration of the beauty of Texas. Native Americans are an integral part of Texas’ rich history and culture and the feather headdress, a symbol of strength and bravery, is one of the most visually stunning examples of creativity and craftsmanship,” a Chanel spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to Fashionista. “We deeply apologize if it has been misinterpreted or is seen as offensive as it was really meant to be a tribute to the beauty of craftsmanship.”
We’re pretty sure at this point, they know what they’re doing and just decide to err on the side of controversy. Kudos to Fashionista for calling Chanel out on its game.