The brand showcased its men’s fall/winter 2020 line this week at Paris Fashion Week. A key part of the runaway look, amid the bright colors and cropped jackets, appeared to be lace front cornrow wigs and the effect is, uh, debatable.
But the use of the wigs wasn’t the only aspect that came under scrutiny. The wigs were placed atop the models’ heads like hats, nearly covering their foreheads. The final product looks, some people said, ridiculous.
Not every model wore the wigs, though. A few of the black models, who had longer hair, were spared.
Julien d’Ys, the hair artist for the show, said the idea was inspired by the hairstyles of ancient Egyptian princes, and apologized on Instagram for the offense.
“Dear all, My inspiration for the comme des garçons show was Egyptian prince A Look i found truly beautiful and inspirational,” he wrote. “A look that was an hommage. Never was it my intention to hurt or offend anyone , ever. If I did I deeply apologize.”