Director Spike Lee boycotts Gucci, Prada
Director Spike Lee said Friday he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some black designers following a pair of blackface fashion fails from the major Italian fashion houses.
Lee said on Instagram that ‘'It’s Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don’t Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP.”
Spike said the brands needed to have black designers “To Be In Da Room When It Happen.”
His personal boycott was a powerful message to luxury fashion houses that are already suffering backlashes for designs evoking racist images.
Lee donned Gucci on the Venice Film Festival red carpet last September, following up with a stop by the Prada women’s wear preview show in Milan later in the month decked out in a black Prada suit.
Gucci this week apologized for a high-neck black wool sweater that featured bright red lips when pulled over the face, while Prada apologized for a monkey bag charm resembling blackface in December. Both brands withdrew the offending pieces from sale.