Chanel Says Sorry, Not Sorry for Those Feather Headdresses

It’s common knowledge that Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t do apologies, so obviously Chanel wasn’t going to be all contrite about that feathered headdress they sent down the runway at the Dallas Metiers d’Art show. In an e-mail to Fashionista, the French fashion house gave their sincerest apologies:

“The Chanel Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art 2013/2014 collection is a celebration of the beauty of Texas,” a spokesperson said. “Native Americans are an integral part of Texas’ rich history and culture and the feather headdress, a symbol of strength and bravery, is one of the most visually stunning examples of creativity and craftsmanship. We deeply apologize if it has been misinterpreted or is seen as offensive as it was really meant to be a tribute to the beauty of craftsmanship.”

This reads more as sorry, not sorry to us.

Last year, Victoria’s Secret’s apologized for their own incident of re-imagining Native American garb on their runway and vowed to exclude the outfit at hand from any broadcast and marketing materials. To be fair, they sent Karlie Kloss down the runway bedecked in a feathered headdress, barely-there buckskin bikini, and turquoise jewelry, which is far more trite. Still, Chanel might want to follow suit and exclude the headdress from any more promotional campaigns.

In our minds, no matter how poetic you are about it, casual cultural appropriation will never translate as chic, but then again, we’re relieved it wasn’t anything like this.

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