Comme des Garçons is under fire for its latest fashion show.
For its men’s fall/winter 2020 show, the Japanese label featured white models wearing what appear to be lace-front cornrow wigs, which exemplify a hairstyle strongly tied to black culture. Some black models also wore the wigs, while others walked the runway with their own hair.
After the brand debuted its latest collection, Instagram account Diet Prada called the fashion house “problematic” for its “decision to appropriate the braided hairstyles for white models.”
The handle also reported that in 2018, the company cast its first black models in more than 20 years.
In response, “The Real” co-host Amanda Seales wrote in the comments section, “Folks really need to get black friends/hire black people, so they can cease irresponsibly dabbling in blackness.”
Former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief and “Project Runway” host Elaine Welteroth added, “The most TONE DEAF.”
In response to accusations of cultural appropriation, the show’s hairstylist, Julien d’Ys, issued an apology and explained he was inspired by the hairstyles of ancient Egyptian princes.
“Dear all, My inspiration for the comme des garçons show was Egyptian prince A Look i found truly beautiful and inspirational. A look that was an hommage,” he wrote. “Never was it my intention to hurt or offend anyone , ever. If I did I deeply apologize.”
In February 2019, Gucci pulled and apologized for a “balaclava jumper” that social media users claimed resembled blackface.