Gigi and Bella Hadid Kept Their Marc Jacobs Dreadlocks Amid Backlash of NYFW 2016 Show

Gigi Hadid
Gigi and Bella Hadid on the runway. Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty (2)

They just can’t get enough! Gigi and Bella Hadid wrapped up New York Fashion Week 2016 at Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2017 show on Thursday, September 15, where the sisters (along with other top models like Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn) werked it in ’80s-inspired raver styles … and pastel dreadlocks from Etsy.

Even though the Internet is still ablaze with roars of cultural appropriation directed to Jacobs and hairstylist Guido Palau, who’s responsible for the look, the sisters still kept a few of their controversial dreadlocks wrapped around their buns following the afternoon show. Gigi, 21, enjoyed a date with boyfriend Zayn Malik in a black and silver cropped Local Authority LA T-shirt with a graphic print that read “Take a Trip to Topanga Canyon.” She teamed her cheeky tee, a pair of black skinny pants, a custom Frame Denim Le Original Patch Jacket with her name on the back and a pair of shiny black loafers with a Saint Laurent Sac De Jour (available at Portero.com) in crocodile.

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid Pierre Suu/GC Images

Bella, 19, chose a simpler look, slipping on an oversize white hoodie, sneakers, and a pair of round mirrored Sunday Somewhere sunglasses. She also took to Instagram that afternoon to show gratitude to the designer. “THANK YOU @themarcjacobs @kegrand @bitton ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤ What an amazing collection!!! Thank you thank you thank you !!! @MARCJACOBS SS17,” she captioned a backstage shot from the show, where she wore a high ponytail full of rainbow locks.

Jacobs and Palau enlisted Jen, who owns the @DreadsbyJena Etsy shop that sells custom wool dreadlocks, to hand-dye over 12,500 yards of yarn for roughly 55 dreadlocks in six different color groups that aligned with the collection. 

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Bella Hadid Michael Stewart/GC Images

After receiving a good deal of social media backlash, Jacobs defended his decision in a September 15 Instagram comment. “@radical.lizeth @emmelephant and all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair,” he wrote. “I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race- I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded… Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it.”

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