Milan Fashion Week SS16: Philipp Plein

Milan Fashion Week SS16: Philipp Plein


Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Just like his SS16 menswear show, the women’s ready-to-wear collection was an over-the-top punk extravaganza that opened with a Smith model

Set design: If you've ever wondered what runway shows would look like in 20 to 30 years time, Philipp Plein's SS16 show is a glimpse into that future — a fully computerised show, a conveyor belt runway, and robotic hands programmed to accessorise the models as they walked down the runway. 

Soundtrack: The show opened with Courtney Love singing Make Me Over backed by a badass robot punk band that included a drummer sporting a Mohawk.

Ready-to-wear: It wasn't hard to guess that the collection embraced the punk spirit from the show's hashtag, #pleinpunk. Studded leather biker jackets, blazers, dresses and platform gladiator sandals punctuate with a few tutu skirts, and lots of chain thrown into the mix, summed up the Philipp Plein show.

Something you might have missed: Names of the models appeared on the screen as they stepped out onto the runway, and a crane size robotic hand programmed which accessories the models would be styled in through the use of a touch screen. Not your usual continuous catwalk, models stopped halfway to receive bags or sunglasses dished out by robotic hands.

Lesson learnt: Get your footing right when standing on a moving conveyor belt. Models who were lucky to ride down the runway weren't so lucky with their balancing act — many almost lost their footing and nearly took a tumble. 

To view the full collection, click on the gallery below. 

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