As cutting edge and ahead of the curve as the fashion industry can be at times, they can also often feel stuck in the past, especially a racist one.
We’ve seen beloved brands such as Burberry boast nooses in their lines, H&M plaster monkey sweatshirts on their Black models or use blackface on Gucci garb. To make matters even worse, we’ve also seen designers troll us by ignoring deserving Black models and appropriating our culture on white models.
Case in point, Japanese brand Commes des Garçons recently threw on some horrible cornrow wigs on their white male models during a recent Paris Fashion Week show…and we have questions.
Of course, when these pics hit Beyonce’s Internet, Black Twitter had words, calling them out for cultural appropriation, rarely ever using Black models and accusing them of racism.
On Jan. 19, after the show’s hairstylist, Julien d’Ys dismissed the criticism as “stupid” in now-deleted tweets, he took to Instagram to share an apology.
“My inspiration for the comme des garçons show was Egyptian prince,” he wrote. “…Never was it my intention to hurt or offend anyone, ever. If I did I deeply apologize.”
In addition, Commes des Garçons also issued an apology to Dazed.
“The inspiration for the headpieces for Comme des Garçons menswear FW’20 show was the look of an Egyptian prince. It was never ever our intention to disrespect or hurt anyone – we deeply and sincerely apologise for any offense it has caused.”
Umm…Egyptians were Black…and this is still an entire mess.
To be honest, learning that this line hadn’t used Black models in nearly 20 years, what more can you expect?