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Every season, Marc Jacobs has the honour of closing New York Fashion Week.

This season, the designer decided to go out with bang and basically put on an 80s-inspired rave. Models, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima, wore clothes finished in metallics, lamé and holographic sequins. But, instead of an uplifting ending to an exhausting week of shows, the designer went out in a blaze of controversy. Because he chose to put fake candy-coloured dreadlocks on all of the models. Hair stylist for the show Guido Palau told The Cut that they took their inspiration from ‘80s, raver culture, Boy George, and Harajuku’.

Jacobs was also inspired by transgender director Lana Wachowski, who starred in the brand’s SS16 ad campaign. The multicoloured wool hair extensions were custom-made by Etsy seller DreadlocksByJena. However, people reacted angrily online to their decision to put fake dreadlock extensions onto the – predominantly white – line-up of models.

However, asked about the decision to give all the models in the show dreadlocks, Palau told The Cut: ‘I don’t really think about that. I take inspiration from every culture. Style comes from clashing things. It’s always been there — if you’re creative, if you make food, music, and fashion, whatever, you’re inspired by everything.

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