Source: Business Insider
Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons is under fire for the way it styled its models’ hair at its Fall/Winter 2020 menswear show at Paris Fashion Week on Friday. The models appeared to be wearing wigs that looked like cornrows, a protective hairstyle for natural and textured hair. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Comme des Garçons is facing backlash after sending models down the runway wearing wigs styled to look like cornrows. The Japanese fashion label held its Fall/Winter 2020 menswear show at Paris Fashion Week on Friday, in which several models who were predominately white wore lace-front braided wigs, as reported by Essence . Cornrows are known to be a protective hairstyle for natural and textured hair. The show also featured models of color, though critics of the fashion label’s show denounced the brand for styling white models with the cornrow wigs, alleging cultural appropriation. Essence reported that Canadian fashion designer Tani Riches was one of the first to call out the brand’s styling on Twitter. lmaoooo why?! y’all this is from comme des garcons pfw fall 2020 men’s collection…. pic.twitter.com/8HtItlIIWg — TANI (@TANIRICHES) January 17, 2020 Several Twitter users shared their reactions to seeing the images from the Comme des Garçons show. comme des garçons put white models in cornrows and it’s not okay. pic.twitter.com/u1TIYkkA19 — hautelemess (@hautelemess) January 17, 2020 i can’t believe comme des garçons really put white models in cornrows pic.twitter.com/QwTcz97oup — ??? (@hautemess222) January 18, 2020 Essence described the brand’s styling decision as a “step backward” in terms of inclusivity, citing the fact that in 2018, Comme des Garçons’ womens’ fashion show featured dark-skinned models for the first time in more than 20 years.