Designers are starting to become more mindful about the connotations associated with design motifs.
After Gucci apologized last week for selling a black, high-necked jumper that can be pulled over the face and shoppers noted the similarities between a Prada trinket and blackface imagery, pop star-turned-footwear entrepreneur Katy Perry has pulled two items from her recent collection.
The shoes in question, a mule called the Rue Face slip-on loafer and the Ora Face block-heel sandal, both feature stylized facial designs and came in black, gold and beige.
The brand has removed both styles from its site, as some have noticed that with the black background, the metallic appliques representing eyes, a triangular nose and exaggerated lips bear a striking resemblance to racist blackface imagery.
While other retail partners have taken the shoes down from their e-commerce sites, Forever 21 still has the Rue Face loafer available as of 5 p.m. EST on Monday, though discounted from 129 to 89 dollars.