Marc Jacobs Defends Models' Dreadlocks as Gigi and Bella Hadid Wear Theirs Out

Both models kept sporting them long after the show was over

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are inseparable at JFK
Photo: AKM-GSI

On Thursday, New York Fashion Week finally came to an end, wrapping up with the grand finale of the Marc Jacobs show and its assembly of top models who once again wore those impossibly high platforms from last season, as well as a tower of technicolor dreadlocks on their heads.

While those in the industry lauded the designer and others took to Twitter to cry cultural appropriation, one thing is clear: The girls who actually walked in the show couldn’t get enough of their new look. That includes supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid who both kept a strand or two of the faux locs woven into their buns for the rest of the day.

As we reported yesterday, getting all of those rainbow-hued strands into every model’s hair was no easy feat. Roughly 12,500 individual pieces dyed in a spectrum of 200 to 300 shades were woven by hand by the mother/daughter team behind the Etsy store Dreadlocks by Jena, then individually knotted and braided into each girl’s hair. Thankfully, the artisanship behind the pieces on their heads didn’t go unnoticed by the models, many of whom ended up sporting the over-the-top style for the rest of the day.

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Gigi Hadid was one such model, who celebrated the end of her work week by stepping out for a date night with her boyfriend Zayn Malik wearing a very rock-n-roll chic ensemble. The Tommy Hilfiger co-designer headed to JFK airport wearing an oversized Frame denim jacket covered in patches, a cropped vintage muscle tee, and a pair of lace-up leather pants, accessorized with slip-on loafers, pink sunglasses, and a handful of carefully knotted dreadlocks pulled back into her braided bun.

<a href="" data-inlink="true">Bella Hadid</a> sports a sweatshirt dress and dreads as she returns to her apartment

And clearly her sister Bella had the exact same idea, also paring down her post-show look, leaving just a few dyed strands wrapped around her bun. The Vogue Paris cover girl perfectly coordinated her new do with her ensemble matching the white, pink and purple locs to her oversized sweatshirt and rose-tinted Sunday Somewhere sunnies.

Both sisters clearly were crazy about the look, but the Internet continued to criticize the designer for the cultural appropriation that appeared to come with putting (mostly white) models in locs. Hairstylist Guido Palau had spoken to the issue Thursday, saying he was inspired by ravers, ’80s cultures, Harajuku girls and Boy George but “not at all” Rasta culture, and Marc Jacobs took things a step further on his Instagram Friday (though now he probably wishes he hadn’t). In a comment from his personal account, the designer proclaimed “I don’t see color or race – I see people” and “funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair” — two statements which further provoked commenters’ ire.


What do you think of Gigi and Bella’s locs? And Marc’s comments? Sound off below!

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