On Tuesday the designer debuted their spring/summer 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week, inspired by “wild, tribal Africa”.
Valentino described the clothing on Twitter as being “primitive, tribal, spiritual, yet regal” and a “journey to the beginning of time and the essential of primitive nature.”
The collection featured 91 looks in total, but only 10 of them were worn by black models (only 8 black models were cast, as some of them walked twice).
It also featured tropes often associated with the continent such as bone necklacesand feathers, while the models wore their hair in cornrows and dreadlocks.
The soundtrack was bongo-style drumming. Of course.
Unsurprisingly, people weren't very happy about it. Here's what some Twitter users had to say:
— Samantha Powell (@sdpowell1) October 6, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Can be inspired by Africa but don't even want to use African models to present their inspiration. Valentino is such a joke.— Groeneveld (@diorhardin) October 6, 2015
#Valentino describes his new collection as a journey and references "primitive nature" why because it's inspired by Africa?— Shenelle del Sol (@ShenelledelSol) October 6, 2015
"African themed".......like the continent? With more than 50 countries? Please tell us more Valentino -_- https://t.co/YFVHYWQ37P— Roxy Ware (@xanattack16) October 6, 2015
Valentino SS 2016 collection was inspired by Africa. But only 8 of the models were black. Not fair representation pic.twitter.com/hxXcreVMQQ— Affinity Magazine (@Affinitylife) October 6, 2015
Valentino is now having an Africa-themed after-party WHAT COULD GO WRONG— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) October 6, 2015
See the collection in question below: