9. Dolce & Gabbana
The earrings on the model above (featured in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2013 collection) stirred major controversy among people who found their similarity to Blackamoor imagery offensive. Others deemed the earrings of a black woman with a basket of fruit on her head racially insensitivity. The fashion house responded on its website, Swide.com, and said that the earrings are based on “Moorish” figures, or “a term used to define many peoples throughout history.”
10. American Apparel
The brand has been caught up in a messy situation several times because of its very risqué ads.
Remember that steamy Super Bowl commercial in 2011 that showed Kim Kardashian kicking her trainer to the curb for her Skechers Shape-ups? Well, shortly after, the Federal Trade Commission found that the company’s alleged health benefits of the shoe were fabricated. The government agency sued Skechers, which agreed to a settlement.
12. Kenneth Cole
In 2011, the designer himself tweeted: “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online…” His tweet, which referenced the anti-government protests in Egypt that year, was deemed insensitive by many.