moto guo’s milan men’s fashion week show commits to the no makeup look, acne and all

The Malaysian designer put inflamed skin front and centre, asking us to face our problem with pimples.

by Kasumi Borczyk
23 June 2016, 10:19am

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In recent years, fashion has increasingly celebrated the flaws and idiosyncrasies that make people unique. Thick brows, braces, crooked teeth and under eye bags have all had their moments in the sartorial sun, but pimples and complexion flaws are rarely seen. Even the no makeup look that's become a runway staple involves layers of dewy foundation.

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At Milan Men's Fashion Week, 24-year-old Malaysian designer Moto Guo flagged a change, sending his models down the catwalk sans concealer — pimples and all. The look was reflective of the ideas behind his collection, Picnic in the Society, where he ventured to subvert tropes of masculinity by clothing the male models in traditionally feminine shapes, calling the clothes "vivid, quaint and imperfect."

Almost more surprising than the model's skin were pundit's reactions to it. Some on Twitter baulked that it was just a stunt, others immediately began asking what it all meant — everyone agreed it was a controversial move. The response that speaks volumes about our complex relationship to skin, and how far we have to go before we truly break through one of beauty's most stringent ideals. But given acne is the most prevalent skin conditions in the world, should we really be so shocked?



Text Kasumi Borczyk

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