Irina Shayk defends controversial lion head dress, Kylie Jenner faces criticism again for loop-like necklace

Irina Shayk is speaking out in support of the designers behind Schiaparelli’s controversial lion head dress following the backlash Kylie Jenner faced after rocking the look on Monday.

The 25-year-old reality star sparked a firestorm on social media when she wore the strapless black velvet dress, which featured a massive embroidered lion head attached to the neckline, to Schiaparelli’s Spring 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week. Shayk, 37, modeled an almost identical dress as she strutted down the runway later in the show.

“I support these incredible artists who worked tirelessly, with their hands, using wool, silk and foam, to sculpt this embroidered lion and image of Pride, an image that @schiaparelli invokes as he explores themes of strength,” the Russian-born. the supermodel wrote in the caption of an Instagram post she shared Tuesday.

Irina Shayk defended Schiaparelli’s headline-grabbing lion head dress, which she modeled after Kylie Jenner was snubbed for rocking a similar look by the designer. Hours later, Jenner came under fire for wearing Givenchy’s controversial loop necklace.

“I’m honored to have also been asked to lend my art as a woman to this,” she added with a black heart emoji tagging Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry.


Shayk’s post included a slideshow of photos of her wearing the dress on the runway, in fittings and backstage, as well as a drawing of the design and a snap of Schiaparelli’s signature gold peep-toe pumps.

According to the designer’s Instagram page, the animal head was created from “hand-sculpted foam, wool and silk faux fur and hand-painted to look as lifelike as possible, celebrating the glory of the natural world.”


The lion head dress was part of Schiaparelli’s “Inferno Couture” collection, which also included ensembles with lifelike replicas of a snow leopard and a wolf.

Naomi Campbell was photographed walking the runway in a furry black trench coat with a wolf head on her shoulder. Shalom Harlow wore a leopard print dress that had a snow leopard head sewn into the bodice.

In another Instagram post, the fashion house wrote: “The leopard, lion and wolf – representing lust, pride and avarice in Dante’s iconic allegory – in hand-painted foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur, hand-painted to look as lifelike as possible.”


However, some social media users condemned the designs, claiming the animal heads could promote trophy hunting.

One user wrote on Instagram: “The only thing this is glorifying is the killing of these animals, even though this is fake. The lion, cheetah and wolf look like they are literally meant to look like they were killed and used for clothing. . How is this to celebrate the glory of the natural world. Make sense of it.”

Another expressed their dismay, writing: “Sorry but this is a no for me. Whether it’s fake or not it promotes animal cruelty,” while a further comment read: “Celebrate the glory of the natural world???? do it no sense. It’s so wrong. You promote animal cruelty and support trophy hunting and poaching.”

Jenner shared her look on Instagram and thanked Schiaparelli and Roseberry. “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. thank you @danielroseberry and @schiaparelli for such a special morning. wow I loved wearing this faux art creation constructed by hand using man-made materials. beautiful beautiful,” Jenner wrote alongside a series of photos .

However, some of her followers were critical of her decision to model the design, commenting: “There are times when you just say no. This was one of them.”

Another person wrote: “One of your worst fashion mistakes ever.”

Shayk’s Instagram post was also met with some criticism. One fan wrote: “Irina sorry but no matter what you say this is still promoting animal trophy hunting. A big NO.”

Another argued: “Putting a lot of work and effort into creating something does not in itself make it right. As a designer, as a model, as a photographer of influence … you have a certain responsibility.”

“I understand that the animals are not real, not killed but created. Yet it is a visual reference to trophy hunting. Knowingly or not, the campaign sends a very harmful message to the world. One that defines lifeless, dead animals as luxury . Probably driven by the best of intentions, that still makes it a very bad idea. Why not accept the reaction of people who care about the natural world and fight for life every day?”

However, animal rights non-profit organization PETA defended Schiaparelli’s designs in a statement to Vanity Fair.


“These fabulously innovative three-dimensional animal heads show that where there’s a will, there’s a way. We encourage everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Jenner came under fire again just hours later for donning yet another controversial look. The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was photographed wearing Givenchy’s loop necklace, which was heavily criticized when it first debuted in October 2021.

The accessory was shown on the runway as part of Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection during Fashion Week’s Paris show. It quickly drew comparisons to Burberry’s 2019 “noose hoodie” scandal. Burberry issued an apology after debuting a hoodie with loop-like drawstrings during London Fashion Week.

Fashion website Diet Prada posted a side-by-side comparison of the loop hoodie and loop necklace, writing: “You’d think the industry would have learned not to put things that look like loops around a model’s neck after the whole @Burberry loop thing . hoodie debacle of 2019… This @givenchyofficial necklace that just came down the runway steers dangerously close to the same territory. Really makes you wonder how no one noticed, but alas… history repeats itself. “

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was photographed wearing Givenchy's loop necklace, which was heavily criticized when it first debuted in October 2021.

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was photographed wearing Givenchy’s loop necklace, which was heavily criticized when it first debuted in October 2021.
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On Monday, Jenner shared photos to Instagram in which she was seen wearing the Givenchy necklace, which she paired with a bright blue bodycon dress and sparkly pink boots.

Social media users quickly slammed the choice. One Twitter user wrote: “Kylie Jenner wearing a loop necklace is disgusting, this woman has no shame at all, does she choose her outfits on purpose knowing they will cause controversy?”

A representative for Jenner did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.


Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.

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