Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week
Amazon meets modern punk as the ladies apparently walking down the runway at the Philipp Plein spring/summer 2016 show were placed on a conveyor and transformed into something more than a regular human. It was a rather surreal experience as motionless, expressionless models were made into confident new beings by robotic machines putting on their sunglasses and tote bags. There were all types of looks seen on the runway, which is where we have to admit that we had never thought Amazons and punk princesses could coincide. The former look certainly got our blood boiling but we don’t really do well with the whole shaved head bit that appeared towards the end.
The whole of the Philipp Plein spring 2016 show was a spectacle to behold, a frightening futuristic reference with droids zipping about, drones overhead and robotic drummers and guitarists playing the music. It is almost too realistic a creation, leaving us scared out of our wits that the day will come when robots take over every last job in the world and humans will wither and die away from lack of skills to sustain themselves. The whole theme here revolves around this quote for inspiration: “Our life today is dominated by machines and electronic gadgets. Like your phone is dominating your life and your navigation system is helping you to go from A to B. Without our gadgets it is really hard these days for us to survive.’
There were some looks that really had us enthralled, however. This included the shimmering fall of the gown with the slit up the thigh. And then there is the whole plunging neckline meets bodysuit meets gauzy skirt with side slit in white that we cannot help but covet. It is perfect to wear on the beach or on vacation and we might end up seeing the likes of Kim Kardashian donning it at one point or another.
The rocker chic elegance exists as well, while small bits of a more feminine touch peek through here and there. We have to say though, those tutus are too funny and look even more out of place beside the extreme skinny jeans, which have us wondering at whether these models have eaten anything more than a celery in the last year or so.
Of course, nothing says punk, rock and emo combined like stud appliques all over the garments, while belying the beauty of the more Amazon style looks that include enough open parts to the legs to allow for very easy maneuvering. There was fake album cover prints on the pieces displayed, as well as a whole Orwellian setting meets Alexander McQueen’s spring 1999 collection. It is a frightening appeal, though we have to say that the whole transparent mesh and small breasts thing is very much in tune with the Nirvana shows of old.
We have the ’90s put into a modern sphere and a very futuristic view to really mess it all up. Micro shorts, studded jackets, matching crop top twin sets and sexy dresses with slits high up the thighs are certainly all in theme with the latest trends.
Photos courtesy of Vogue