Burberry is addressing the controversy surrounding a design it recently debuted at London Fashion Week.
The fashion house issued an apology on Tuesday, Feb. 19 after one of its models — Liz Kennedy— spoke out against the company’s new hoodie, which features a noose-like drawstring around the neck.
Kennedy, who did not wear the design herself, took to Instagram on Monday, Feb. 18 to blast the high-end brand for supposedly glamorizing suicide and “lynching.”
The model said she voiced her concerns prior to the runway show, but was ignored and told to “write a letter” outlining her complaints.
“Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go,” she penned. “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.”
She added: “Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. 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. ”
Comedian Wanda Sykes, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings, and other celebrities also spoke out against the fashion house.