Fashion is an ever-evolving business, churning out trends for the masses to follow. But high-fashion has been claimed by luxe brands that has made anything uncomfortable stylish. In fact, it is often exclusive and largely inaccessible because how else do you sell eccentric ideas to the rich? By telling them it’s not for everyone. And the ruse works just fine for the capitalist regimes. That until something walks down the runway and sparks a huge debate about who allowed to be there in the first place! And French luxury fashion and perfume house is the recent example of the same.
If you haven’t heard already, Givenchy has caused a huge hue and cry after it debuted a necklace resembling a noose at the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. Diet Prada first drew attention to Givenchy’s noose necklace in a scathing post, especially after Burbberry’s mistakes with the infamous suicide hoodie and the public apology that followed. The post read, “You’d think the industry would’ve learned not to put things that resemble nooses around a model’s neck after the whole @Burberry noose hoodie debacle in 2019… This @givenchyofficial necklace that just came down the runway steers dangerously close to that same territory. Really makes you wonder how no one noticed, but alas… history repeats itself.”
If it isn’t clear enough, suicide is not fashion to make a statement and we must never forget the hateful history of lynching. University of London media professor Angela McRobbie told the Guardian, “I’m not sure what to say here, given the tired and weary ‘desire to shock’ or the absolute thoughtlessness. She also added, “For me, the questions that are relevant but never gets answered are: who are the decision makers behind the scenes? Who signs off blatantly offensive items like this? When there is a reaction, do they get fired?”
Needless to say, Twitter is all riled up because of obvious reasons.
Honestly in which world having a noose hanging on a girl’s neck is fashion, #Givenchy?
Spring/Summer 2022 dragged way back to 1822. Do better, Matthew, both for the brand and the world. Young girls & guys don’t need to see this at any stage, especially #ParisFashionWeek. Tch. pic.twitter.com/Uh3RUyhVqi
— Abhik Choudhury (@iamabhik) October 4, 2021
I’m so sorry Givenchy but, I cannot agree with this necklace you are literally glamourizing suicide. Suicide isn’t a fashion; it is not fashionable. I agree with Diet Prada’s Instagram post. pic.twitter.com/4fnnxgKhXg
— David 🧣 | #LetLeniLead (@markdaveedm) October 4, 2021
Lmao idk why people be surprised at these designers being racist lol like givenchy knew what they was doing putting a noose on that model
— Netflix & Tease 🥂 (@Mooreofkay_) October 5, 2021
We all think the fashion industry is listening to the voices of women and yet https://t.co/8IdRxUALiO
— Angela McRobbie (@angelamcrobbie) October 4, 2021
— 💫QueenSug’ga💫 (@grannyman2013) October 5, 2021
Givenchy sent a model down the runway wearing a necklace fashioned into a noose. WTAF?
— Conceal Carry Vagina (@eurobikesnob) October 4, 2021
It doesn’t ‘resemble’ a noose. It IS a NOOSE! OMG media, stop gaslighting us already? You’re more afraid of the truth than a lawyer. Truly.
— Corinne Is In💙 (@corinne_is_in) October 4, 2021
why is nobody talking about givenchy having a noose necklace for spring 2022 RTW and why are they not addressing it……. pic.twitter.com/uWkIlXq5cA
— ells (@rosegoldally) October 4, 2021
— ᴛiғғaɴʏ ᴍaʀǫᴜis (@TMarquisArt) October 5, 2021
Was the noose necklace ready to wear? More like ready to die. How dare you be so insensitively racist! #givenchynoose It’s disgusting trash.
— Bianca (@BIANCA5D) October 5, 2021
Folks really think Givenchy didnt realize that necklace was shaped like a noose? They always do, they just dont give a damn.
— hazel-eyes ✨ (@ashfolarin) October 4, 2021
— Michelle Cunningham (@gravedoings) October 4, 2021
Meanwhile, Givenchy told the Guardian: “The house do not have an official response on this.” Whatever that means!