Burberry "Sorry" for Hoodie With Noose


The general manager and chief creative officer of Burberry, the world leader in luxury fashion, apologized for having put a hoodie with ties knotted in the form of a noose in the parade of the London Fashion Week. Knotted chains resurfaced after Sunday's show when a model hired to walk (but not to wear the outfit) complained both before the show and on Instagram, claiming that the noose was not just about lynching, but also a suicide, according to AP. Marco Gobbetti, CEO of the brand, said Tuesday in a statement that Burberry was "deeply sorry for the distress" that the summit had caused him and had removed it from the fall-winter collection, as well as all the images presenting the look.

Riccardo Tisci, Artistic Director of Burberry, also apologized for stating "that the design is inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive". The model Liz Kennedy went on Instagram on the day of the show by posting a photo of the hoodie with a long message to Burberry and Tisci. "Suicide is not a fad," she writes. "It's neither glamorous nor edgy … Riccardo Tisci and everyone in Burberry, I do not see how you could leave an air that looks like a noose hanging on the podium." She added, "Let's not forget the horrible story of lynching."

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