Burberry Apologizes for ‘Noose’ Hoodie in London Fashion Week Show

Burberry has apologized for featuring a noose in one of its London Fashion Week designs. The piece, which was part of the brand’s 2019 runway collection show on Sunday, quickly sparked backlash after one of its own models criticized the look in an Instagram post. “Suicide is not fashion... everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway,” model Liz Kennedy wrote. Kennedy and others on social media also pointed out the design’s racist imagery, with the model writing that it evokes the “horrifying history of lynching.” Burberry said it has since removed the item from its collection, but blamed the mishap on the show’s nautical inspiration. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake,” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. “We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection.”