This season Milan Fashion Week showcased Malaysian designer Moto Guo’s latest collection A Picnic In Society featuring childlike fashion for adults, along with a debatable beauty statement: models covered in pimply looking skin. This new look has gotten the whole internet talking – is acne the in thing now? Do we trash our beauty skincare routines in favour of this new turnaround? Most take this as a joke with sarcastic applaud.
Turns out the acne in the show was the real deal, and instead of hiding it under makeup, it was intentionally enhanced for the runway. Why showcase something that everyone is struggling with on a daily basis?
“The reason [Moto Guo] wanted to create this look was because he thinks kids and teenagers should not always be flawless,” a spokeswoman said. “The theme for this collection is called Picnic In The Society, where teenagers will be exposed a lot under the sun, and hence they will naturally have acne and blemishes on their faces.”
Although the fashion and beauty industry is always moving to be more inclusive, the stigma of clear, achievable, perfect skin is still very strong, even more so now in the age of advanced digital photoshop and instant skin filters (hello Snapchat doggie filter). Having some sort of representation of imperfection in the industry may be frowned upon or passed off as a joke, but could this be a stepping stone towards collectively changing the industry? We aren’t entirely sure what Moto Guo’s intentions are, but we applaud him for his knack of cheeky confidence.
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