Paris Fashion Week has seen its share of unconventional — eccentric, even — beauty looks, but leave it to Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood to take hair and makeup to even zanier (and, unfortunately, offensive) extremes.
The label's Spring 2018 collection was reportedly inspired by a trip Westwood and Kronthaler took to his brother's farm, and thus, the beauty look was meant to be folkloric and nymphlike. But after perusing the backstage photos, we're not so sure those are the vibes we're getting.
Hairstylist Sam McKnight posted a photo of the look — which featured damp-looking hair plastered across models' faces — to Instagram with a caption describing it as, "Wind and rainswept princesses of folklore and fairy tales." He also used the hashtag "#eyeofthestorm" on another post (shown below), which is perhaps not the most sensitive phrasing, considering the actual hurricanes that have devastated certain parts of the world so recently. And while we'd argue that the look seemed far more than "windswept," it's the basis of the look, cornrows, that is far more troubling.
We'll say it again: This is a reminder that putting cornrows on white models is a very blatant, very overt form of cultural appropriation, and it's offensive and bad. Please stop.