The Fall 2015 fashion shows have given us a lot of innovative-but-still-wearable beauty trends. New York Fashion Week had a cool twist on eyeliner and the most beautiful fairy tale water droplet lashes. London Fashion Week gave us camouflage print nails and fresh takes on half-up hairstyles. Milan Fashion Week just started and instead of giving us another cool eye makeup look, one designer Claudio Cutugno, decided to have models wear blackface makeup.
Models faces were painted black and glitter was applied on top. Their eyes and necks were left unpainted. One model wore a black textured mask. Sparkles or no sparkles, this look is still blackface. According to the Daily Mail, Claudio Cutugno’s collection was inspired by the artist Emilio Isgrò. He regular uses bees in his work and supposedly the sparkly blackface looks like bees are swarming models’ faces.
I’m all for creative makeup at fashion week, but there are an infinite number of beauty looks you could try that don’t involve painting models’ faces black. Just like there are countless looks that could have coordinated with the black clothes. They could have used the same makeup to create a super smokey eye or even a dark lip. Those makeup looks would have had the same monochrome effect, but mostly importantly, no one would consider them a version of blackface.
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