Fashion Obscura: Anatomy of the Modern Day Fashion Show, Part 3

Fashion Obscura: Anatomy of the Modern Day Fashion Show, Part 3


Catch up with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

In this third part, I promise the above title is not misleading. In recent years, fashion shows have taken a true turn for the crazy and gone in many different and wild directions. Here, I break down some of the wackiest.

At Paris Fashion Week in the fall of 2015, Rick Owens debuted his spring collection delivered his looks for Spring 2016, which included models being carried upside by other models as they walked up and down the runway. Owens called the vision “propulsive and aggressive,” which it undoubtedly was.
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This past Fashion Week in New York, Kanye West unveiled Yeezy Season 3, which he released at Madison Square Garden and coincided with the release of his new album, The Life of Pablo. Models stood in the center the giant space on a high stage covered with tarps for the production, which lasted over three hours. In this case, the pictures truly speak for themselves.
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During Berlin Fashion Week in 2012, the subway fashion show trend began. Models walked up and down a subway car, adorned with piercings, tattoos, and mohawks. The idea has spread to many different locations, including Brooklyn, New York, and Thailand.
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Tommy Hilfiger wanted to whisk his audience away to the world his clothes belong in and chose to create a fake beach and lagoon for his Spring 2016 fashion show. Hilfiger is known for capturing the setting of his clothing perfectly, and this one was no different as models walked through water instead of on a catwalk.
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Opening Ceremony, ever the innovator, initially began their show in the fall of 2015 with a slew of falling models. As reported by the initially aghast response on social media, most people watched as the models, one after the other, dropped onto the concrete, seemingly by accident based on the expressions on their faces. However, the audience realized this was not so, as the “models” began dancing with grace only possible for professionals. Soon after, everyone learned that the models were ballerinas from the New York City Ballet and their clumsiness was all part of a choreographed routine.

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