A $890 Gucci top has sparked outrage on Twitter with many claiming that it appears to play off blackface.
Gucci has since apologized for selling the black balaclava knit top from the Fall Winter 2018 season. It currently sells for $890 on sites like Spring and features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
On its site, Spring said that the season 'reflected the stark environment of an operating room, emulating the theme of the collection where reconstructing materials and fabrics created a new identity.
'Inspired by vintage ski masks, multicolored knitted balaclavas walked the runway, adding a mysterious feel to this collection. This knit top combines the accessory with the ready-to-wear collection.'
Searches on Gucci's website revealed that the item was not listed. But archive searches indicate that the clothing item was last on the brand's site in January.
People were still able to circulate images of the top, along with images of another wrap with a similar theme, and declared that the fashion brand was continuing to downplay the severity of blackface.