D.L. Chandler

Top Designers Don Blackface For Milan Halloween Party [PHOTOS]


Every Halloween, folks risk their image and good taste to pull off zany outfits. Unfortunately the racism line gets crossed when people go the blackface route, as evidenced by a handful of top fashion designers in Milan at a party over the weekend.

The Italian city best  known for being a hub of fashion and commerce held its annual “Halloweek” costume party Saturday (Oct. 26). This year’s theme, “Disco Africa,” sounded innocent enough until white guests took a few too many liberties with darkening their skin. While the leopard prints, feline makeup and other jungle-themed outfits were in abundance and bordered on bad taste, the blackface use was especially high.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua, a popular designer with collections featured in high-end stores around the world, was reportedly dressed in a black tux, white gloves and blackface similar to the style used to mock black people as caricatures in America. Dell’Acqua wasn’t alone as a whole troupe of blackface tux wearers joined him in the racially offensive outfit.

Other winners include a shot of a pair dressed as dark-skinned Egyptians. The outfits get worse and the staggering lack of decency was captured gleefully via Twitter and Instagram.

Of course, it’s well-known Europe has a lax stance on things but it should be widely understood that blackface, no matter the reasoning for wearing it, is offensive.

Peep the Halloweek photos of racist struggle from Milan on the following pages.

[Props to Gawker & Fashion Bomb Daily]

Correction: We have been alerted by Cademartori’s press office that she and Oddi are not the persons wearing the Egyptian garb.

Photos: Instagram, Twitter

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  • taz

    REALLY?!?! what is their fascination with black face? like why do they keep flocking to it? sometimes I think white ppl are just fascinated by black people or something

  • Sebastian Ossa

    how many Black folks will break their banks to buy their clothes still?

    • Cmonman

      You think “black folks” can afford these designers? Do YOU even recognize any of these names. I don’t.

      • Sebastian Ossa

        just let Drake make a song about them, you just saw the kid trying to buy a 300 dollar belt

      • blackpower

        He didn’t try he did purchase the belt & returned it.

    • LeeLeeC

      Dude you look like you can’t even spell any designer names….cough cough

  • PolkaDots

    It just doesn’t stop….SMH

  • dieselrockman

    I like the jungle. How come black people dont dress in white face. I wanna see Miley and Justin Bieber in baby powder!!!!!!!!