An unusual trend on Milan catwalks celebrates acne and body positivity
One contemporary Malaysian designer has made an unprecedented but welcome statement on the catwalks of Milan.
Designer Moto Guo decked out his models in bow-decorated shirts, slouchy shorts, and floral embroideries and pimples.
Yes, every model's face was adorned with bright red spots, blotches, and redness.
Guo’s 'Picnic in the Society' collection focused on flaws, celebrating imperfections and encouraging body positivity.
It’s a strong message to those who wake up day after day afflicted by the condition.
The reaction to the show, however, has been mixed.
From the Moto Guo Men's Spring Collection. (ps. the acne was intentional and part of the show) pic.twitter.com/KrisVzkHpy
— Daniel Ralston (@danielralston) June 21, 2016
Moto Guo Milan Men's Fashion Week Models Acne: Even as body positivity has infiltrated the fashion world, thi... https://t.co/hReqtjjxnC
— Kiera Pooler (@KieraPooler) June 22, 2016
WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING IN MILAN FASHION WEEK ?! Pimples and acne ! Moto Guo Menswear pic.twitter.com/s1q9mV49RF
— Benlamara Ben (@Benlamara) June 20, 2016
Guo is the founder of an eponymous menswear label, officially launched in 2015. Much like a storyteller, he weaves his works to form a tale. According to his own description, Guo uses quirky textures and shapes to express his eccentricity. He says he often glazes his collection with a layer of cynical, self-deprecating humour, not unlike stamping a signature over them. He also describes himself as a skeptic.