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Alongside Prada and Gucci's blackface scandals, major fashion brands have recently come under fire for making some major PC-related errors.

Burberry is the latest company to be added to this list of elite couture scandals, after their autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week featured a hoodie with strings resembling a noose.

Yes, you read that right. An actual noose, akin to those used for lynchings or suicides. They really didn't think this one through…and now the model who wore the design down the runway has expressed her horror;


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Liz Kennedy, turned to Instagram to illustrate her anger and disturbance after she was fitted wearing the hoodie, as suicide touches a personal nerve for her.

"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. 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 wrote.

She stated that the Burberry team "briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter."

The brand released an apology statement following a huge wave of backlash after the runway show, and the design is now removed from the new collection.


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According to Fortune, Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said;

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection. I called Ms. Kennedy to apologise as soon as I became aware of this on Monday and we immediately removed the product and all images that featured it."

He continued, "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake."

The fashion faux pas follows Gucci's debut of a $890 balaclava sweater that evoked blackface images earlier this month.

Liz Kennedy also mentioned the impressionable young women who would see the noose hoodie;

"How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either."

"I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family," she said.


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Kennedy also claims that she attempted to speak to someone about it, but was brushed off;

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself."

"The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry."

The collection, Tempest, is Riccardo Tisci’s second for the brand. Marco Gobbetti has since called Kennedy to apologise personally and address the situation.


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In an updated post, Kennedy wrote;

"My family and I were recently impacted by suicide so I know how devastating it is when someone you love decides to take their life. I’m not someone who is easily offended or triggered but I knew by the way this piece effected me, it would do the same to many others."

She continued, referencing Marco Gobbetti, Burberry's chief executive;

 "Whether people are dealing with suicide, mental illness themselves, or someone close to them facing these issues they can’t be taken lightly. Since my post, Marco called me to address the situation."


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"I think the response by Burberry and their team since then is commendable. I believe this is a learning moment and they will think about these things more in-depth moving forward."

The model bravely spoke out about the incident, and the brand has responded. It just goes to show that fashion isn't completely rigid, and it's valuable to call them out on their mistakes.

"The positive that has come out of this is a reminder of the power of one voice, and the good that can be done when brands are held accountable."

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From its statement trenches to patterned scarves, Burberry has long been synonymous with luxury.

But as the iconic brand’s newly released Christmas trailer suggests, Burberry is also a name which has survived the trials and tribulations of the 20th century.

Featuring our very own Domhnall Gleeson as brand founder Thomas Burberry and American Sniper star Sienna Miller as his wife, the label’s latest mini movie documents 160 years of fictionalised history.

In what is bound to be one of the year’s most stunning advertising campaigns, Brendan Gleeson’s son can be seen kissing the popular model, while The Wire’s Dominic West plays British explorer Ernest Shackleton and Cinderella lead Lily James channels a fictional pilot based on Betty Kirby-Green.

Get your first Christmas feels below:




Sometimes, it's hard to believe that some kids just get great jobs because of their famous parents.

And, most of the time, they're really bad at it. Like, really bad.

But, Brooklyn Beckham may have proved us wrong with this one. The 16-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham is after shooting his first campaign for Burberry's This Is Brit fragrance.

He wasn't the model though, oh no, he was the photographer.

Now, most of the time a big brand like Burberry would hire in some world-renowned photographer to do the job, but Brooklyn landed it, and to be honest he did a very good job.

Now, we can all go back to our Sunday and remember that a 16-year-old is making waaay more money than us. *Sob*.




Perhaps we should not be surprised that Dylan Brosnan picked up his famous father's debonair good looks. 

Pierce Brosnan's handsome son is starting to make a name for himself as a model as he fronts the latest Burberry campaign for their SS 2016 collection.

The ridiculously tall 18-year-old looks gorgeous in a trademark Burberry trench coat and well… very little else. 

The young model was shot by infamous fashion photographer Mario Testino and shows off his lovely Irish freckles in the shots. 

While this may be Dylan's first role as the face of a campaign, he has already been making waves in fashion circles as he appeared with it-girl Karlie Kloss in American Vogue and walked the run way for Saint Laurent at fashion week. 

The son of the former James Bond actor and wife Kelly Shaye Smith resides in Malibu, Los Angeles where he is kick-starting his fashion career. 

And it seems Burberry are big fans of snapping up the good-looking offspring of famous stars. 

The 13-year-old Romeo Beckham also made his modelling debut with the iconic fashion house and we think he also has a very promising career in looking good for a living. 

He could sell us on ANYTHING.


Louis Vuitton leather products could soon be a lot less exclusive – a European court has ruled that the brand has no right to trademark its iconic chequerboard pattern.

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian with their Louis Vuitton bags


A firm-favourite of celebrities, Louis Vuitton has been trying to legally protect two of its designs since 2009. But now the EU General Court has said its dark brown and beige pattern trademark, which it registered back in 1998, and a black and grey version registered in 2008 cannot be exclusively used by the 160-year old French fashion-house. The court ruled the pattern was “basic and banal” and was composed of “very simple elements”.

The Louis Vuitton boutique on the Champs-Elysees in Paris


Like all designer brands, Louis Vuitton takes its exclusivity very seriously – ruthlessly pursuing manufacturers of fake merchandise.

Burberry is still fighting a similar legal case to protect its famous Haymarket check. However, in 2012 a US court declared that no one but Christian Louboutin can use red soles on footwear.

Beyonce is a fan of Christian Louboutin's distinctive red soles


Louis Vuitton is worth more than €20bn – a figure which makes it one of the world’s most valuable brands. It is currently headed by 43-year old Nicolas Ghesquiere, who was previously creative director at Balenciaga.



Everyone was impressed with Romeo Beckham’s stunning performance in Burberry’s Christmas advert – but some comments have caused public outcry.

Many adults on Twitter have been branding the 12-year-old 'hot' – much to the dismay of other users. 

Comments including: “Thinking Romeo Beckham is hot is not creepy right?” have been blasted by other users as completely inappropriate: “Why am I seeing grown women on my [timeline] saying how hot Romeo Beckham is. He’s still a child.”

Channel 4 star Stinson Hunter, known as The Paedophile Hunter, has slammed the comments, saying: “I’ve seen some shocking comments about that Beckham kid – grown women saying he’s ‘fit’ sort your heads out – he’s ten for God sakes.”

He also took to his Facebook account and wrote a lengthy piece about why it is so wrong to brand a child such terms: “I have been watching the comments and am honestly shocked by what I have read it seems that because this person [who made the comments] is a woman that it is perfectly acceptable to say a child is ‘hot’ or ‘sexy’ but when a man say’s it (and they have about children) he becomes villain number one.”


Our Fashion TV show 'The Style Show' delivers your daily dose of fabulous fashion! In today's segment "The Fashion Report", our reporter Ciara O' Doherty gives you your weekly fix of fashion news and gossip! In this week's instalment we're looking at the perfect Burberry blanket cape dupe from Dunnes Stores, the Saint Laurent show at Paris Fashion Week, and much more! Watch the video above to get the lowdown.


Get all the gossip from the Glossbox/Karen Millen collaboration and much more! In this weeks Fashion Report, Ciara O' Doherty will be giving you a bite-sized fix of all the latest fashion news and gossip. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest installment of The Fashion Report, as part of our weekly Style Show!


Our new daily Fashion TV show 'The Style Show' delivers your daily dose of fabulous fashion!  Today's segment, "Fashion Report" brings you your weekly round-up of all things style and we're looking at Kate and Cara joining forces for Burberry, the latest campaign video for Warehouse, and we've got the top street style trends spotted at New York Fashion Week! 

As always, Ciara O' Doherty will be giving you a bite-sized fix of all the latest fashion news and gossip. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest installment of The Fashion Report, as part of our weekly Style Show!


To celebrate the opening of its massive Shanghai flagship store, Burberry staged an equally extravagant runway show to let the city know in style that it has arrived in China. Watch the video for the full report.