Malaysian fashion designer Moto Guo appears to be making some sort of statement about pimples, but exactly what, and whether they may actually now be fashionable, remains unclear. GQ reports that in his Milan Men's Fashion Week debut on Monday, Guo's makeup artists created blemishes on his models' faces, with some looking "like a six-month Accutane regimen wouldn't cure their skin." (Photos here.) Other outlets, however, noted it was unclear if the zits were entirely artificial. Regardless, Paper magazine calls the breakouts "startlingly real and aggressive."
Refinery29 notes Guo's collection plays with gender as well: The men were outfitted in lace and ladies' bathing suits. There's no official word on whether the blemishes are supposed to simply look like acne or serve as a metaphor for teen angst, but GQ speculates that in calling his spring 2017 collection "Picnic in the Society" and adorning his scowling, blemished models in clothing adolescents might wear to such an outing—think a bib that says it's time to eat—Guo is simply holding up as precious the "utter awkwardness of being young." The Cut's takeaway: "Eat that aged goat-cheese gouda and fall asleep with your makeup on." (Check out the outrageous dress code Marc Jacobs sent out for a fashion week party last year.)