Users of the social networks criticized the multi-millionaire designer Michael Kors after the designer presented two expensive sweaters that are identical to those traditionally worn by Mexicans.
Two models walked the catwalk of the Michael Kors Collection in the spring of 2019 at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, wearing similar garments that many recognized.
The users of the social networks quickly accused the fashion designer of cultural appropriation and "robbery". of traditional Mexican design.
The original garment became popular in North America when surfers traveled to Mexico in the 1960s and took them back to California.
Latinos are outraged after Michael Kors presented two articles in his New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday. Social media users have accused the designer of cultural appropriation
One of the elements in question is a sleeveless and multicolored sweater worn by a female model.
Then, in the middle of the show, which featured a series of big fashion stars such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, a male model walked down the catwalk wearing a black and gray hooded sweater that provoked the ire of many Twitter users.
Santiago Pérez Grovas, photographer and architect of Mexico City, shared a selfie of himself wearing a similar sweater, which he bought for only a small fraction of the estimated $ 500 value of Michael Kors's design.
& # 39; New collection by Michael Kors that probably costs thousands of dollars [Mexican] pesos A sweater that I bought two years ago for $ 180.00 [$10] in the Coyoacan market. For this and many other reasons, I hate the fashion industry, "he wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
The sweater can be found in local markets for only $ 5.
Marlen Trevino, a nutrition coach in Monterrey, Mexico, accused Michael Kors of stealing the design and shared a photograph of her with a similar article.
& # 39; Here wearing a @MichaelKors [sweater], & # 39; she wrote. & # 39; What design innovation! #Teotihuacan # Mexico #Plagiarism. & # 39;
Santiago Pérez Grovas, photographer and architect of Mexico City, said he hates the fashion industry for copying the design of the popular article
Twitter user Marlen Trevino accused Michael Kors of stealing while sharing a photo of herself wearing one of the sweaters in front of a pyramid in Mexico
A Twitter user (right) wrote that Michael Kors can not take credit for something that originated in Mexico and other countries like Peru.
"It is curious that a supposed" designer "is presented as his" own creation and inspiration, "a sweatshirt from Mexico and Central America," shared Twitter user @nadiatorres on Thursday.
& # 39; Someone found inspiration in other people's designs. What's that called?
And @mazetriaIs added: "So Michael Kors is going to start earning thousands of dollars with something that Mexican artists have been doing for years and years.
– Hell, I got it last year for 100 pesos … 5 DOLLARS. Hell, it's not that.
DailyMail.com contacted Michael Kors for comments.
Describing the inspiration for his collection, Kors, 59, said he had been inspired by travel and "global escapades," and explained that, ironically, he wanted his designs to "spread joy."
The Kors show attracted a number of A-list followers, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Anna Wintour and Sofia Richie, who sat in the front row during the event with the theme of "Side" sunny & # 39;
This model wore a sweater similar to the one worn by a male model during the parade