Philipp Plein A/W 2016
Mood board: Philipp Plein dubbed his show #PleinHero, drawing on the super human powers of building-leaping action figures (not to mention their likeness which was air brushed across spray painted leather biker jackets and skateboards) but the mood here was distinctly more street and edgy than cartoony.
Best in show: Plein has always created sportswear but this season he graduated to pieces that looked expensive and beautifully made. Great looking chunky cable knit sweatpants were worn with cool oversized hooded anoraks and paired up with gold earphones, gold studded skateboards, and wide brim hats - which sounds an awful lot like overkill but actually gelled into a solid look.
Scene setting: Plein’s fixation with the fashion show spectacle has not lessened. This season he warmed his guests up with a Star Wars anthem played by a 40-piece live classical orchestra built into an enormous metal scaffolding, before rapper Lil Wayne came out for a brief rap and then quickly disappeared backstage. The pre-show entertainment concluded with daredevil BMX bikers and skateboarders who flew and flipped over ramps in the middle of the runway while illuminated by necklaces of pearl lights.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans