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Burberry - Details - LFW February 2019

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Fashion Houses must not have a Human Resources department or a code of ethics training program. Because these past couple of weeks have been full of designers not thinking before they let their models strut their offensive down runway. First it was Gucci and their black face sweater then Prada and their big lip monkey thing now it Burberry.

It appears that the Fashion Designers at Burberry creative juices flowed and poured out the idea that suicide was sexy and fashionable, as they premiered a hoodie with a noose tied around it for London Fashion Week this past Sunday. After the visual of the garment disturbed fashion models as well as others, they took to social media to voice their displeasure.

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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. 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” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry.

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Which prompted an apology from Burberry.

Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti issued a statement Tuesday saying the brand is “deeply sorry for the distress” the top has caused.

Burberry Creative Director Riccardo Tisci: “While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive.”

As much money as we give these designers they still use couture to insult you.  #IJS

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