New Delhi, February 24: Time and again, international fashion labels and designers have looked beyond practicality and explored the bizarre side of style statements to make an impact on fashion lovers. But sometimes, it ends up turning against them - just like the noose hoodie did for Burberry. IANS lists styles which took fashion too far, leaving the social media in a tizzy:
1. Burberry Noose Hoodie
At the recently concluded London Fashion Week, British luxury fashion house Burberry showcased a hoodie that featured a noose around the neck. It has come to be called the 'suicide' hoodie after model Liz Kennedy criticised it, saying: "Suicide is not fashion." Burberry Apologises For Recent Collection of 'Suicide' Hoodie at London Fashion Week After Model's Criticism.
"There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck," Kennedy said, unleashing a widespread online backlash for the brand.
2. Gucci Blackface Hoodie
The Italian luxury fashion brand came out with a hoodie, which social media users found to resemble blackface, a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. Gucci 'Blackface' Balaclava Sweater Withdrawn After Internet Backlash, Company Issues Apology.
Soon after receiving flak, the brand removed the black polo-neck sweater from its stores. Referred to as the 'balaclava' jumper, the polo neck stretched up to the eyes and had an opening for the mouth which was outlined by thick red lips. The label had to issue an apology.
3. Thong or Naked Jeans
Japenese designer Meiko Ban showcased the ‘thong jeans' at a fashion week in Tokyo. The jeans - or the lack of them - only had the seams on display, baring the legs. According to people.com, in 2017, the jeans were priced at $168. Thong Jeans are a Hit However You May Laugh at It! There’s Waitlist for Denim Brand’s Extreme Cut Out Jeans Priced at Rs 11,424!
4. Reverse Denims
UK-based online fashion retailer boohoo.com has come out with reverse denims priced at 20 pounds (over Rs 1,800). The jeans are in reverse, where the stitching lines are clear and the pockets are large. UK Fashion Brand Boohoo's 'Reverse Stitched Jeans' Fails to Impress Social Media Users (See Pics).
5. Bare Butt Denims
French clothing and footwear company Vetements, along with denim brand Levis, introduced the 'Bare Butt Jeans' to the world in 2017. The jeans have zippers down the backs of the legs, as well as one on the back-centre seam, which leaves the wearer with a bare bottom when unzipped. This Denim Thong That Shows Your Whole Bum Is the Latest in Nearly-Naked Bizarre Denim Fashion (See Pics).
6. Meat Dress
Singer-actress Lady Gaga's 2010 meat dress is an unforgettable fashion statement. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga wore a dress made of raw beef, designed by Franc Fernandez. The dress was condemned by animal rights groups, but was named by Time as the top fashion statement of 2010.