It’s been a long 30 days. It started off with confusing see-now-wear-now shows in New York—not to mention, that whole thing with Yeezy Season 4—and it's ending with Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris. Suffice it to say, this might have been the bumpiest fashion month ever. In case you missed the ride, here are the top 10 did-those-really-happen moments from streets, runways, and French-fry-fueled after-parties all over the world.
10. Dolce & Gabbana’s Experimental Italian
This famous Italian duo is no stranger to controversy, and they definitely like stirring the pot a bit. That being said, they also have fun—sometimes too much fun—with their clothing. Case in point: printed sundresses depicting everything from bundles of uncooked spaghetti to gelato to bottles of olive oil. Particularly amusing were the t-shirt dresses with Italian pantry staples printed on them, like the image above. Suddenly, we’re very hungry.
9. Stella McCartney Had a Dance Party
By nature, the British are usually very reserved, but that wasn’t the case at the end of the spirited Stella McCartney show. What started off as a choreographed dance-off became a full fledged dance party, with models letting loose in McCartney’s wearable, feminine clothing. It was just the moment fashion month needed to remind us all to have a little more fun and take things a little less seriously.
8. Tommy Hilfiger Threw a Carnival
What do you do if you’re a designer who’s done everything? Throw a carnival, of course. Tommy Hilfiger, with the help of his muse Gigi Hadid, threw a full-on fairground affair to celebrate his see-now-buy-now collection. There were donuts and carnival rides and Taylor Swift and her squad, and the event was a huge success. A lot of the looks are already sold out!
7. Christian Dior Made Fencing Chic
Formerly at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri just became the first female lead designer at Christian Dior—a huge professional accomplishment. But what was striking is that she didn’t play it safe for her first season at the storied house. Instead, she literally came to the runway with her sword drawn. Her first few looks called upon the uniform typical of fencers, showing that she was ready to fight for the respect she deserves in the industry. (Very expensive) tees had “We should all be feminists” emblazoned upon them, just in case anyone didn’t get the message.
6. Bags So Small They Fit Nothing
Valentino went from a design duo to a single designer this season, and the fashion set collectively held their breaths to see what Pierpaulo Piccioli would do on his own. No one needed to have worried; Pierpaulo carried on Mr. Valentino’s legacy of romantic, breezy pieces. But it was the bags that will have waitlists a mile long once spring 2017 rolls around; they were teeny tiny, only big enough to hold a breath mint in some cases. Is Pierpaulo an evil genius for creating a necklace-belt-bag-accessory hybrid, or a totally impractical designer? You decide.
5. The Dreadlock Debate at Marc Jacobs
When outspoken designer Marc Jacobs debuted his rave-like collection this season, the only thing anyone could talk about were the dreadlocks. Models from Irina Shayk to Karlie Kloss were decked out in pastel-colored hair pieces that had some people crying cultural appropriation. Jacobs took to social media (naturally) to defend himself and his creative vision and then later apologized for his lack of sensitivity. Either way, if his goal was to create buzz—however negative —mission accomplished.
4. Paper Doll Fashion at Moschino
Jeremy Scott brought the precursor to Barbie to life with his collection for Italian label Moschino. Trompe d’oeil clothing featured paper-doll tabs, and while it remains to be seen if the clothing will actually be sold with the tabs, it certainly made a statement. Jeremy is known for his pop culture references, and this one definitely fit the theme.
3. Alexander Wang’s After Party
American bad boy designer Alexander Wang is known for his subversive downtown looks, and he flipped the concept of snobby, elitist fashion on its head by having McDonald’s—yes, that McDonald’s—as the caterer for his after party. Playfully dubbed “#WangFest,” the faux rave also featured 7-11 Slurpees and cars that guests could spray-paint with personal graffiti.
2. Chanel’s Robots
Karl Lagerfeld decided to take Chanel into the 21st century with a data-driven fashion show, complete with robots. (Anyone know which models were inside those masks?) Lagerfeld himself called it intimate technology, and while we’re not quite sure what that means, we do know that everyone will be clamoring for the next “it” bag, a purse on a chain in the shape of a 3D robot.
1. Gigi Hadid Was Accosted
Gigi was attacked by notorious stalker Vitalii Sediuk, and instead of screaming for her bodyguards like a damsel in distress, she defended herself by elbowing him—and then defended her actions on Twitter, reminding everyone that she’s a human being. Days later, the creep attempted to kiss Kim Kardashian’s butt while she was entering a fashion show, and that ended about as well as you’d expect.
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