Philipp Plein embraces robots, rockers and Barbarella for his intergalactic sports collection
Not since André Courrèges made his 1960s show inspired by the moon landing has a designer made so much of an intergalactic space journey.
Down, down agonisingly slowly came the UFO parked above Philipp Plein’s runway – a vast space on the edge of Brooklyn where a hoard of rappers including 6ix9ine, Rich The Kid, and Offset sat front row grooving to the music and Migos performed at the end.
The challenge for the designer to the stars (the human kind) was to top last season’s crazy on-stage music performance. No problem! When your aim is sky high, that is where to look for inspiration. And, for extra courage, team up with a robot, whose mechanical figure walked stolidly down the runway, with a frisson of discomfort for the tiny female figure, Irina Shayk, beside him.
What a crazy space journey it was, through a galaxy of Winter Olympics clothes from a quilted top and trousers, with logo-printed ‘Philipp Plein’ skis as a fashionable accessory. Barbarella-style figures also faced the blizzard of fake snow – even one in not much more than a curvy corset.
By the time half the celebrity front row, clunking with jewellery, had joined the models – male and female – the event was one big, bold, wild party.
But look behind the over-the-top, high-as-the-sky madness, and this glamorous sportswear seemed dynamic and relevant – especially for a designer who has stores in the ski resorts of Courchevel and St. Moritz.
Take away the ‘bosoms ahoy’ effect of an unzipped body suit – and the Plein collection was just winter wear, with mostly gender-neutral outfits apart from a pink and white fluffy, furry coat which added just a touch of the 1960s and Courrèges.
Just in case any prospective customers, who had admired the racing cars at the entrance and the clothes on the runway, were looking to place an order, Plein has supplied a New York pop-up store downtown on Mercer Street.
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