Back in March, Versace pledged to go fur-free. The creative director of the luxury Italian House Donatella Versace made the announcement in an interview with The Economist’s 1843 magazine. “Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right,” she said. “Versace needs to mean change,” she added. Fast forward to last week’s first show under the new ownership of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 Menswear collection in Milan, where the Italian designer sent out a lineup of male models sporting faux leopard fur coats with matching leopard-spotted hair to boot.
The wild hairstyle debuted on the head of of model João Knorr, who marched down the runway wearing striped trousers and a blue-and-white printed button-up. The animal-print dye job was the work of the legendary Guido Palau, who used spray paint to create the brown and black spots on the model’s bleached buzz cut. “The hair-coat match was everything,” Versace wrote on her Instagram, posting a shot with Knorr.
However, its not the first time leopard print hair has a fashion moment. Shortly after the Versace show, stylist Katie England posted an archival shot on Instagram of a photo shoot she worked on with makeup artist Val Garland, showcasing a sporting painted spots that was practically identical to the one seen at Versace. Celebrities, like Tyler the Creator have also dabbled with spots — last year, the rapper debuted a platinum buzz with painted-on spots at the 2018 Grammy Awards.