Chanel is not making ‘urban tie caps’; model hairpiece draws ire


No, Chanel is not making and selling “urban tie caps,” despite all the social media buzz Tuesday night.

Many were outraged when a picture of a Caucasian model wearing a blue cap, also known a durag, referred to the garment as an urban tie cap, which Chanel was said to be making.

Turns out these caps were worn by models before the Derek Lam Spring 2015 show to ensure their hair didn't have too much volume before walking the runway, as first reported by Fashionista.

"Derek Lam is inspired by a woman who is not into being too glam and pretty,” explained hairstylist Orlando Pita backstage at the designer’s Spring 2015 show, according to W Magazine. "Pita created a wet-on-top/dry-on-bottom look by applying Phyto Workable Finishing Spray from the ears up, then tying a ‘do rag around the models’ heads to keep hair flat and damp until right before the show."

There are numerous pictures of models wearing the caps behind the scenes of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show, which just took place in New York.

There is no mention of an “urban tie cap” on Chanel’s website or on any of its social media sites.

Efforts by The Times to reach Chanel for comment were not immediately successful.

Staff writer Stacey Leasca contributed to this report.

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