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Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2020-2021

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Comme des Garçons Fashion Show

The Japanese brand Comme des Garçons appalled us all when we saw white models walking down the runway sporting hideous cornrow-styled wigs in their Fall/Winter 2020 menswear show. A rep for the brand issued an apology for the offensive act to Insider.

“The inspiration for the headpieces for Comme des Garcons menswear FW’20 show was the look of an Egyptian prince,” the statement read. “It was never ever our intention to disrespect or hurt anyone — we deeply and sincerely apologize for any offense it has caused.”

This wasn’t an attempt to pay homage. Cornrows and braids have been a protective style that Black people have rocked for centuries. Aspects of our Blackness are not meant to be worn as accessories.

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