This weekend at New York Fashion Week, Monaco scene regular Philipp Plein birthed his Spring/Summer 2018 collection (Men’s and Women’s collectively) in signature Plein fashion, with an over-the-top runway spectacle and party.
Burlesque artist and fashion icon Dita Von Teese splashed around in a crystal martini glass, rapper Future performed, Nicki Minaj sat front row and later performed at the after party. With a stellar and diverse casting featuring supermodels and Victoria’s Secret angels Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, Instagram discovered model Matthew Noszka and singer Teyana Taylor, the German designer wrote us a dark twisted fairytale.
With “Good Gone Bad” as a theme, Philipp Plein’s recurrent graphic on T-shirts, T-dresses and crop tops was a BDSM gagged and bound cartoon princess embellished with sequins and crystals in usual Plein fashion.
Playing further into the bondage theme, there were lattice leather strap cage skirts and dresses in black and white with daisy appliqués over top gothically romantic gowns and brocade ballroom skirts. Plein staples such as embellished jeans, spiked heels and sneakers, anoraks and moto jackets got the “Good Gone Bad” treatment with embroidered and crystal embellished woodland creatures surrounded by phrases such as “Baby Light My Fire”.
The Plein logo and leather daisy chokers brought the looks together along with some standout accessories such as a black leather S&M bear backpack, a daisy pacifier, girly frilled socks that played well in contrast to the danger do not touch factor of the spiked pumps, and oversized satin bows sashes as belts.
For men, Plein stuck with his classics and updated a few. Mixed in with the 5-figure alligator motorcycle jacket, distressed and/or embellished jeans were two stand out looks, a bomber jacket that closely resembled a thermal blanket was paired with metallic silver waxed jeans and white high top sneakers giving the impression of a very fashion forward astronaut, while the other look a metallic silver waxed denim jacket paired with similar jeans and Chelsea boots gave the vibe of a punk space cowboy.
While many either not familiar with Philipp Plein or not a fan of him will dismiss this collection as being way too risqué and off the mark for them, for sure his millions of clients and fans worldwide will love this collection because one thing Philipp Plein does not do is compromise his vision, something that has gotten him exactly where he is today, with a global empire.
Philipp Plein’s store is at Centre Commercial Le Metropole, 17 Avenue des Spelugues.