Banana clip or claw clip? The controversy that shook the internet

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director
Banana clip or claw clip? (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Well, this season, Alexander Wang has the internet buzzing over his custom-made banana clips.

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.

According to these folks, this is not a banana clip. This is a claw clip, aka hair claw.

Models at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2018 took the runway wearing what was described as “custom-made banana clips.” (Photo: Getty Images)

Behold, a banana clip.

Goody banana clips. (Photo: Walmart)

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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