28/10/2013 09:13 GMT | Updated 28/10/2013 11:27 GMT

Guests 'Black Up' At Milan 'Halloweek Disco Africa' Masquerade Party

The lofty world of high fashion is known to be a little detached from the realities of everyday life but this is still comes as a shock.

Apparently Milan's clothing elite still think it's ok to go to a party dressed like this...

blacked up

Erm... just no

The shindig in question was the annual Halloweek masquerade party where the theme was 'Disco Africa'.

Not 'Minstrel Madness', 'Rollicking Racism' or 'Black-Up Boogie'.

One of the misguided chaps is reported to be designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

There were other examples of pretty horrific attempts at what we can only assume was supposed to be irony...


Unsurprisingly the Twittersphere hasn't taken to kindly to the display...

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