Kylie Jenner has come under fire after wearing a controversial creation from Schiaparelli’s new collection. “Disgusting, violent, and backwards,” writes one person about the move on Instagram.
On Monday, fashion designer Daniel Roseberry presented his Haute Couture collection for Schiaparelli for spring 2023 in Paris. Roseberry is said to have drawn inspiration for the collection from The Divine Comedy by Dante – but according to many, the garments were an incitement to animal cruelty rather than a nod to the classic work.
“Animals are not accessories”
Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk and Shalom Harlow were among those who wore creations adorned with remarkably realistic animal heads on the catwalk. Kylie Jenner, who was one of the spectators, wore the same design as Shayk: a black dress in which a large lion’s head became the natural eye-catcher.
When Jenner posted some pictures of the look on Instagram, the criticism was immediate:
“Animals are not accessories!” writes a person in the comment field.
“Advocating animal cruelty is never okay,” reads another comment.
The review: “Disgusting concept”
Since the show took place, Schiaparelli has repeatedly emphasized that no animals were harmed in the production of the collection.
“Embroidered lion in hand-sculpted foam, wool, silk and faux fur, hand-painted to look as realistic as possible in a tribute to the magnificence of nature,” writes the fashion house on Instagram, where they have published a clip of Jenner.
However, this has not silenced the critical voices:
“This is not art, it is just laziness. Read Dante’s Divine Comedy for real, not just the first few lines. There is so much to create without falling for cruel platitudes,” writes one person.
“The whole concept is disgusting,” commented another person. “Whether or not they are real animal heads, they advocate trophy hunting, which is obviously disgusting, violent, and backward. Try again.”
“You don’t celebrate the ‘magnificence of nature’ by wearing it like a tasteless trophy,” writes another person.