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After covering New York Fashion Week for countless seasons, I’ve grown accustomed to makeup artists and hairstylists tossing out obscure beauty references when describing runway looks. To give these individuals credit, most of their direction comes from the designers, whose out-there influences are reinterpreted into trends that get the fashion industry talking.
In a press release, lead hairstylist and Redken global creative director Guido Palau explained the inspo behind the Wang woman’s hair this season as: “Alex Wang’s take on the ’80s power woman, when we first saw female empowerment in the office. The hair is sort of an ironic take on that power woman with the inclusion of the custom-made Alexander Wang silver banana clips. It feels young, with a slight irony to it.”
But beauty editors, style influencers, and pop culture enthusiasts swiftly took to Twitter to set the record straight on the accuracy of referring to this ’80s hair accessory as a banana clip.
A super nitpicky question: Is the thing used in the models’ hair on the Alexander Wang runway really a banana clip? As a person who wore many banana clips in the ’80s, I think it is actually a claw clip pic.twitter.com/U1pOC8LHqi
— Cheryl Wischhover (@CherylAnneNY) February 11, 2018
Hi. This is not a banana clip. pic.twitter.com/QTlqJIB4rV
— Abby Gardner (@abbygardner) February 11, 2018
That’s not a “banana clip”, these are! pic.twitter.com/dGiTH0mxIZ
— Erica Gerlemann (@fashion_erica) February 11, 2018
No no no. That is a HAIR CLAW, not a banana clip. A banana clip is what Geordie LaForge wore on STNG. https://t.co/VdTRQDAL1G
— Liz M (@MadorlandoLiz) February 12, 2018
All these beauty editors really letting Guido get away with calling that hair clamp a banana clip. Like girl what?
— Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) February 11, 2018
According to these folks, this is not a banana clip. This is a claw clip, aka hair claw.
Behold, a banana clip.
Do you agree with Wang or did he get his throwback hair accessories mixed up? It happens to the best of us. Weigh in on this banana clip controversy in the comments section below.
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