Fashion maths: S/S 2016

From exploding BMWs to Balthus cats, the fashion shows in numbers... Illustrator: Nathalie Lees; Writer: JJ Martin

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Models at Hussein Chalayan’s Paris show who took a shower on the catwalk, allowing their soluble clothes to melt away


BMX bikers and professional skateboarders catching some air on the ramps at Jimmy Choo’s menswear show, held inside a London leisure centre


Giant Roman arches on the Kenzo catwalk with models sweeping through on a conveyor belt


Crushed cars, 12 motorcycles popping wheelies, one monster truck, two spinning cop cars and two BMWs exploding into flames at Philipp Plein’s men’s show


A-listers playing blackjack and roulette at Chanel’s casino set in Paris’ Grand Palais shows


Lifesized fake carwashes, featuring fluffy rotating brushes and bubble machines, on Jeremy Scott’s runway at Moschino


Plexiglas panelshanging from the ceiling at the Prada men’s show      


Metres of carpet printed with snakes and roses and 14 bespoke upholstered screens on the catwalk at Gucci


Buddhist monks, in matching red robes, chanting before the start of Prabal Gurung’s women’s show


People who attended New York fashion week versus 2.4 million people who live-streamed the shows at home


Designer down during a post-show runway lap: Tommaso Aquilano, of Aquilano Rimondi, tripped and face-planted in Milan


Free tickets that Givenchy gave to the public on a first-come, first-served basis to its women’s show in New York


Strong, female, professional dancers carrying other women like backpacks and papooses at the Rick Owens’ show


Earth mountains created by artist Maya Lin for Phillip Lim’s New York show

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Oriental rugs hanging from the ceiling of the harem-like show space at Antonio Marras


Digital ‘windows’ flashing videos of clouds, rain storms, blue skies, lights and models walking at the Canali men’s show


Miniature outfits hanging on a lifesized fake tree installed inside Milan’s 18th century Palazzo Clerici for Agnona


Colour-blocked tents created by Danish artist FOS for Phoebe Philo’s Céline show


Miniature outfits hanging on a lifesized fake tree installed inside Milan’s 18th century Palazzo Clerici for Agnona


Giant robots who dressed models on a conveyor belt after Courtney Love had performed Celebrity Skin at Philipp Plein’s women’s show


Lucky guests treated to a private dance performance by six Michael Clark Company dancers wearing Pringle menswear at Galleria Sozzani in Milan


Hours for carpenters to build a lifesized section of Sou Fujimoto’s House N inside Paris’ Grand Palais for Akris

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Oars on each of the two boats at the rowing-inspired Moncler Gamme Bleu men’s show


Mariachi singers belting out songs during Brian Atwood’s presentation at Milan’s Museo Bagatti Valsecchi


Bare-chested men, in knee-high socks and shiny shoes, reading newspapers in deckchairs in the courtyard before the Berluti show


Gallons of water to fill the mini lagoon in which the models frolicked at Tommy Hilfiger’s New York show


LED water lilies on the runway at Giorgio Armani  


Height in feet of the giant Balthus cat on the runway at Arthur Arbesser’s show in Milan. It was later cut into three pieces and taken home by the Austrian designer


Cheeky selfie taken by Alexander Wang in front of a pool of water during his final show for Balenciaga


Electric blue delphiniums planted on a temporary hill (that took 30 days to build) in the middle of the Louvre’s Cour Carrée for the Dior show


Models at Dolce & Gabbana who took to the runway with cellphones in hand, snapping selfies

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.