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People are accusing Stella McCartney of cultural appropriation in her new collection


The vibrant prints in Stella McCartney's spring/summer 2018 collection turned heads, but not quite in the way McCartney had in mind.

Paris Fashion Stella McCartney
A model wears a creation for the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Some accused the fashion designer, who debuted African-inspired designs at Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 2, of cultural appropriation.

Others complained that the models sporting McCartney's new looks lacked diversity.

But not everyone was offended by the African-inspired outfits.

While the ankara print is often associated with African culture, the technique used to create the designs originates in Indonesian batik fabric. Using wax-resist dyeing, patterns are created when dye is blocked from staining the cloth.

Whether the line of easy-fitting, vividly-printed garments suggested inspiration or appropriation to followers of fashion, the collection certainly got people talking.

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