Reinventing the show: just when you thought you'd seen it all
Three of the most outlandish moments at Milan Fashion Week
GucciAlessandro Michele made fashion news around the world with his Gothic- dystopian take on the world as it is now. Asked whether he thought we were post-gender, given his crossdressing models, he answered: “I think we’re post-human,” admitting that he’d been rereading Cyborg: A Manifesto, Donna Haraway’s 1984 essay in which boundaries between sexes, animals and humans break down. “It’s about being and becoming,” he said of his show that featured models holding dragons, others with their own severed heads in their arms and yet others that looked like serial killers. Michele told journalists by way of an explanation: “I think we should all be hybrids. It’s a very interesting way to live your life.”
Dolce & GabbanaForegoing the typical clotheshorse with accessory to model the Italian label’s latest collection of unaffordable handbags, the designers choose to go all modern on the Milan audience and used drones to show their bags. Eight quadcopter drones flew down the Italian fashion house’s runway carrying a handbag each at its Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday. Each drone had a large gemstone on it's top to fit the occasion.
FerragamoWhile it shouldn’t be seen as such a completely outlandish thing, one designer at Milan Fashion week paired elegance with the ultimate in comfort. His new lasts and memory-foam insoles, he insists, are as comfortable as trainers. “I’ve made it my mandate to ensure that every shoe we create is the most comfortable that it can possibly be.” The new creative director for womenswear at Salvatore Ferragamo, Paul Andrew showed that he wants women to know that comfort is not a dirty word in fashion. “I want to empower women, not cripple them. I want women to stand strong and be powerful … looking good and feeling good at the same time.”
For his first outing at Milan Fashion Week, Andrew showed a range of supple leather trousers, asymmetrical velvet dresses with flyaway sleeves and long trench coats with printed silk linings. “But everything began with the shoe,” he says. He showed pull-on equestrian-style boots with square toes and an angular metallic block heel and wafer thin gold flats.