Philipp Plein takes NY Fashion Week on snowy spaceship ride

A model, wearing fashion from the Philipp Plein collection, walks with a robot character, a feature of the show, during Fashion Week in New York, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Philipp Plein takes NY Fashion Week on snowy spaceship ride

NEW YORK: Provocateur Philipp Plein descended on New York Fashion Week with a giant spaceship, silvery rock formations and Migos lighting up the crowd Saturday night as fake snow fell and covered the floor of a huge industrial space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
And there were clothes. Skiwear mostly, lots emblazoned with Plein’s name, skulls and crossbones and some Playboy logos.
The show roared to life with a couple of motorcycle riders and a space utility vehicle that plowed through Plein’s fake wall of rocks. Later came a schmoozy transformer (big person in costume) who greeted Irina Shayk as she slinked out of the ship in a black bodysuit emblazoned with “I Love You Philipp Plein.”
Transformer plus Victoria’s Secret model Shayk walked around the snow and Transformer chatted up some of Plein’s front row guests. Also, a man with two prosthetic athletic legs ran laps around the cavernous runway at some point.
Plein’s crowd slogged through a persistent rain to Brooklyn for his spectacle, which started about an hour late, leaving guests to take as many fake snow and space rock selfies as any one human could possibly need.
Spaceship PP (Plein’s logo with the first P reversed) was the true star of the show, making its way down from the ceiling with jets smoking, lights flashing and really, really loud sound effects.
Once Plein’s models, both men and women, strutted in his array of puffers, fuzzy coats and red sweaters, he parked them under his mother ship. They got to dance there at the end as after-party guests took their turn in the soggy line outside for the bonus round.


Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

Updated 21 January 2019
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Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

  • Bruno Sialelli is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years
  • The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz

PARIS: A little known 31-year-old French fashion designer was handed the keys to Lanvin Monday, the oldest couture house of all.
Bruno Sialelli, who has previously worked for Loewe, Balenciaga and Acne Studios, is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years.
He has been charged with unifying its men’s and women’s lines after the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, who bought out the brand last year, said they wanted to take Lanvin in a “pivotal new direction.”
Chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet said that they were won over by Sialelli’s “singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to bild a strong creative team.”
The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz after a 14-year run during which the brand became a favorite of the fashion set.
The following year the company — then owned by the Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang — sank to a loss of €18.3 million, its first in a decade.
Elbaz was eventually replaced by Bouchra Jarrar, who quit after just 16 months.