Burberry apologises for noose hoodie after model Liz Kennedy blasts fashion house for ‘triggering’ design

The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologised for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.

Key points:

  • Burberry’s creative director said the design was inspired by “a nautical theme”
  • The jumper was part of a collection aimed at younger customers
  • When Ms Kennedy first raised concerns she said she was told ‘it’s fashion’

The knotted strings surfaced after a show on Sunday (local time) when a model, who was not hired to wear the outfit, complained both before the show and on Instagram, saying the noose not only evoked lynchings but also suicide.

Marco Gobbetti, the brand’s chief executive, said in a statement on Tuesday that Burberry was “deeply sorry for the distress” the top had caused and had removed it from the autumn–winter collection, along with all images featuring the look.

Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s creative director, also apologised, and said “while the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realise that it was insensitive”.

Model Liz Kennedy took to Instagram on the day of the show, posting a photo of the hoodie with a long message directed at Burberry and Mr Tisci.

“Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote.

“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. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either.”

‘It’s fashion. Nobody cares’
She said she asked to speak to somebody about it and was told 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’.”

Mr Gobbetti said he called Ms Kennedy to apologise as soon as he became aware of her concerns.

“The experience Ms Kennedy describes does not reflect who we are and our values,” he said.

“We will reflect on this, learn from it and put in place all necessary actions to ensure it does not happen again.”

The gaffe comes after Gucci removed a sweater from the market last week after complaints that the oversized collar designed to cover the face resembled blackface makeup.

In December, Prada stopped selling baubles that also prompted complaints of racist imagery.

Those two companies have announced initiatives to foster cultural diversity and awareness among their employees to avoid future missteps.

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Kate Moss and Alison Mosshart – besties

First they turned up arm in arm at a nighttime event with Kate in a bodysuit, opaques and a long white furry scarf which did look utterly amazing. Yes, other people have done the no pant thing before but they haven’t looked half as good. It takes Kate to show us how to wear the look right. Of course. Mossheart is in Jamie’s band The Kills, and while they used to go out, clever Kate doesn’t have an issue with it and she and Alison are best friends.

Then they turned up together at a London Fashion Week event (Jamie Hince was there too) with Alison in a rock n roll leopard print cardi and fake fur coat, while Kate took the high road in a very layered grey suit. Only seriously skinny or flat chested people can layer this much without it looking bulky. I’d never get away with it though I do love trying to on my slim days! The key is silky shirt rather than cotton. Very flimsy, whispy thin pieces that can sit beautifully on top of one another and not bulk you. I’m extremely jealous of her hat. I was going to buy one on the weekend but it was $400 and I’m drawing the line at a $400 hat this year.

Kate Moss announces her wedding dress designer!

The ever-stylish supermodel, pictured here at the Shockwaves NME Awards in some kind of long-sleeved leather dress, casually mentioned at a Top Shop dinner that John Galliano would be making her dress.

Of course. 

He is ultimate designer, he’s definitely who, if I ever had that kind of cash, would get to design my wedding dress. Remember his fabulous creation for Gwen Stefani? Heaven.

I wonder what Kate’s will look like??? Quite excited to see! I knew there was no truth to the rumour she was designing her own frock. She’s a clever girl, she knows she’s not a designer and has said as much in an interview with US Harper’s Bazaar saying there are only a few real designers in the world: “There’s a difference in what I do which is take clothes I like and put a twist on them, to actual designers like Lee McQueen and John Galliano who create things that are completely original.”

I’m glad she’s not attempting it. That would mean her ego is completely out of control. Thankfully, it was just Vivienne Westwood letting off some steam.

Models at the Gucci party in Milan

Natasha Poly rocked a nude outfit from top to toe. Love the soft, fringed jacket which actually looks like it could be suede. Yum. It’s so beautiful I want to put it on a wall and frame it. Or wear it tonight – either will do! She’s paired this feature piece with tapered pants that finish above the ankle, leaving room enough for us to see those fab strappy heels and a typical, bored, model ‘tudey look which says “I’m fabulous enough to be here but please, don’t get too close or actually attempt a conversation, I don’t mix with the plebs.”

Anja Rubik in the Gucci outfit of the season. Love. It. All. What strikes me however is how thin she is. You just don’t realise the actual size of their tiny frame until they’re in a context that doesn’t involve a catwalk or a magazine picture. I could shave off my shoulders and then have the same size frame as she does.

Another jewel-toned Gucci number on Chanel Iman. It’s such a fabulous collection Frida Giannini produced for S/S. So flattering and wearable. I always wonder whether a new designer placed at the helm of such an established label will do well and then always get pleasantly surprised. The selectors obviously know their stuff.

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I think that Diane Kruger pulled off the Gucci heels better than Chanel Iman, but I do love all of the colours !! Rubik looks amazing 🙂 This collection seems to have been more advertised than others (or maybe it seems that way with the bursts of colour) you can’t open a magazine without it being featured at the moment.