11 Crazy Fashion Week Looks That Prove Designers Went Off The Deep End For Spring 2015
Fashion Week is to idiosyncratic clothing as Halloween is to frightening costumes: quirky clothes are the norm, and expecting anything less is an exercise in disappointment. However, certain members of the design community choose to skip over simple eccentricity and run straight for the title of maniacal, conjuring up ensembles which the rest of the world might only see in their most bizarre nightmares. In honor of Fashion Week's most nonconformist designers, here are eleven who chose to kick convention to the curb for Spring 2015.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Is that Karlie Kloss in a getup that looks like it belongs on an ’80s romantic comedy star who has lost half her clothing? Why, yes, I believe it is. Entitled ”Élection de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015,” the collection veered from the type of bedazzled undergarment Sarah Jessica Parker wore on that infamous episode of Sex and the City to a frightening array of wrestling masks and basketball court-ready ensembles.
Though I whole-heartedly support the movement towards athletic-inspired fashion, I appreciate fitness attire that actually looks like clothing. For Spring 2015, Nasir Mazhar seemed more inspired by the scantily-clad cheerleaders rooting on the sidelines than the athletes themselves.
Be honest: If you ran into this Meadham Kirchhoff model on the street, wouldn’t you be a bit frightened? The entire collection seems to have walked off the set of an ’80s dystopian science fiction film. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Meadham Kirchhoff’s Spring 2015 collection was created with the motto ”Reject everything” in mind, and quite frankly, the collection looked like it was having a serious case of disillusionment.
I’m quite aware that when it comes to the fashion week runway, anything goes. But the vast number of models wearing completely transparent netting with strategically-placed beadwork and abundance of club-worthy, gilded minis led me to believe that Tom Ford prefers his ladies barely clothed and on the verge of a serious clothing malfunction. Rock on?
Though the majority of Grant’s Spring 2015 runway consisted of looks so traditional and sweet that Audrey Hepburn might have worn them, the designer also introduced an unhealthy obsession with black patent leather. A glossy black trench coat and heeled sandals? The look reads a bit too Pretty Woman for my taste.
Though several of the designer’s oversized pairings and hypnotic prints were on-point for Spring 2015, the overall gothic tone of the collection in addition to the Joker-esque slash of lopsided black lipstick across each model’s mouth gave the collection an eery asylum feel.
The conical non la hat is Vietnamese in origin, but Marjan Pejoski of KTZ subverted the traditional look to such extremes that the brand’s models almost looked as if they had walked off the set of The Wizard Of Oz after choosing not to take on the role of the tin man.
Much has been made of Moschino’s Barbie-themed Spring 2015 collection, and for a good reason: a girl could overdose on the amount of hot pink, iridescent, twee clothing on the designer’s runway.
Muppet fur and virulent green garments of every sort were on parade at John Galliano for Spring 2015, and the effect was sheer, delightful madness.
Manish Arora’s latest ready to wear collection nearly defies explanation thanks to its embrace of cotton candy hues, its obsession with fanny packs, and the abundance of jauntily-printed leggings. Are the ’80s back in fashion?
To say Marc Jacobs designed an eccentric collection is to say that Marc Jacobs designed a quintessentially Jacobs collection. However, Spring 2015 offered wares like this oversized sweatshirt-dress with the type of colossal front pocket that makes one wonder, “Does Marc Jacobs know something about the size of the iPhone 6 that the rest of the world doesn’t?”