Well where Milan shows lacked in models of color, Philipp Plein thrived with an entire runway collection of black models. The designs were no doubt hip-hop inspired, with Iggy Azalea performing her song “Work” before the looks glided down the catwalk. With short, pieced wigs atop the heads of Liya Kebede, Herieth Paul, Alek Wek, Jasmine Tookes, and more, the clothes were just as edgy with leather, croc, lace, and skulls to boot.
Leather and studs didn’t feel new, but after more than few seasons on the runway, they definitely spoke to the rocker chic trend.
Ladylike pieces like sheer blouses and full knee-length skirts were given a tough edge with “P” embroidered fitted caps and brogues.
The collection was heavy on silver, pink, and blue metallics, adding a jolt to the already ornate designs. Form-fitting open knit sweater dresses on Herieth Paul and Jasmine Tookes were some of my favorite pieces in the offerings, paired with glittering menswear-inspired shoes of the same sparkling persuasion.
Some ensembles missed the mark, combining one too many trends to be in good taste, not to mention totally missing the functionality exit. I’m sure some fashion daredevil would combine a sheer embellished top, leather contrast trim shorts, black and white striped knee socks, and black leather pumps, but I’m pretty sure neither The Sartorialist or Bill Cunningham would be snapping her pic.
As far as red carpet-ready ensembles go, the brand was quite daring in the formal department. Expletives were repeated on an otherwise virginal sheer lace gown and skulls turned embellished numbers morbid. I can see the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj trying on these pieces for size, but we’ll have to see which other Hollywood starlets are daring enough to try the bold looks.
Thoughts on Philipp Plein’s latest?