FASHION WEEK

After Wig Controversy, Comme des Garçons Sticks to What It Knows

by Wmag

For its fall 2020 menswear show in January, Comme des Garçons put models in lace-front wigs with Fulani braids. The sheer cornrows in bleach blonde and dark brown, which were pulled far down the models’s faces and revealed their real hair underneath, were seen as cultural appropriation, and a distasteful joke on black hairstyles. The hairstylist Julien d’Ys insisted that he was inspired by an “Egyptian prince,” and apologized on Instagram. In the wake of the controversy, Comme des Garçons brought its fall 2020 womenswear collection to Paris Fashion Week—and stuck to its roots of the weird and the whimsical this time around. Curtains of lace hung from halos shaped around the models’s heads; proportions were comically enlarged; bulbous pieces of fabric, like lumps, clung to shift dresses. A pair of hot-pink harem pants, done in tulle, formed an upside-down heart. There’s some difficulty explaining just what these looks resembled, otherworldly as they appeared. But that’s the signature Comme des Garçons does best, and should preserve.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.

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On the runway at the Comme Des Garcons fall 2020 show, during Paris Fashion Week, on February 29, 2020. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom.