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Lie Sang Bong Paints Models' Faces Brown For Fall 2012 Show (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/07/2012 3:28 pm Updated: 03/07/2012 3:32 pm

On the last day of Paris Fashion Week, as most editors packed up their bags and took that one last swig of champagne, Korean designer Lie Sang Bong presented his Fall 2012 collection.

For the new season, Lie Sang Bong sent out an eclectic set of dresses and jackets, covered with everything from polka dots and feathers to fur and leather. But one thing united the models on the runway: all had carefully painted brown splotches covering the middle of their faces.

Lie, who counts Lady Gaga and Rihanna as fans, told AFP that the collection was about time travel and a moody kind of darkness. He didn't specifically mention his choice of face makeup, however, which figured prominently in the runway show.

The maquillage recalls similar fashion shoots featuring brown face paint, several of which have landed editors and stylists in hot water. Tyra Banks came under fire for painting her "America's Next Top Model' contestants in what many viewers identified as blackface. Vogue Paris also got heat for the blackface treatment it gave Lara Stone in 2009. And just last year, French magazine L'Officiel was questioned for darkening Beyonce's face, stating that the inspiration was "a return to [Beyonce's] African roots."

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