Philipp Patrick Plein is one rather lovely German fashion designer with a beautiful smile and a penchant for creating stunning outfits. His eponymous brand includes both men’s and women’s apparel, along with children’s designs and accessories for all. The 37-year-old just held his Philipp Plein fall/winter 2015-2016 runway show and it surely was a blast to watch. Literally!
With a roller coaster style creation in the building, Ride the Show written out and #PLEINWARRIORS emblazoned in bright lights overhead, written out on the walls, the aura for the show had been set perfectly. Trumpets heralded the start of the show that all waited in anticipation to discover for themselves. After seeing all the props, the excitement was brewing to the brink. The warrior’s opera singing in the background suddenly turns to hip-hop while we wonder if Plein is going to have shoes with the same flashing lights as the artist introducing the collection; unfortunately we were sorely disappointed on this piece. Cursing has also officially entered our vocabulary for tonight. The mood was set and the first model down the catwalk showed us that we have bondage style garments mixed with varsity pieces, bringing the world of BDSM into college dorms.
Tight pants, mini dresses, bodysuits with fur Plein coats, latex boots and leather everywhere. We even have some of those lovely see-through blouses that allow the body to peek through its dark mesh. The plunging necklines appeared here and there, while the slits cut up the legs to the tops of the thighs. Cut-outs in the dresses afforded interesting information about the body underneath, falling to the sides or up by the shoulders, accentuating the lean bodies of the models prancing down the runway. “Warrior” is written out everywhere in the beginning it seems, from the number 9 T-shirt dress with the barely thigh skimming hem and the leather boots, to the huge furry scarf that really has the fans going wild while keeping you warm underneath.
There were fedoras and silver studded booties, leather silver buckled half boots and tuques on top of it all; there were hairy shearling cape coats and full out latex femdom style BDSM pieces, sometimes covered up in pristine white fur. The boots were tall and encasing the legs tightly, the hems cut short, barely considered a mini and we had some open midriff designs to complete the looks, leather bondage style bustier tops looking pretty amazing over low cut shining black pants. While some of the outfits were quite lovely to behold, others had us wondering which underground rave events we may try them out for. It surely cannot be worn for date night, at least not the typical dates out on the town where we have dinner and movies and perhaps some bowling in between. Those bodysuits are especially confusing, though the jackets and those trainers go rather well together and would suit us perfectly.
Playing at the college football team leader, Philipp Plein brought out his ladies to party it up at the end, showing them off as a group, as a collective. It was an interesting show to say the least, but what was more intriguing about it all was the play on the themes. Should we be scared about where our student population is heading?
Photos courtesy of Style.com