Philipp Plein is known for having some of the most eventful catwalks in Milan. The SS18 runway was no different. The stage was set: a recreation of “Grease” with motorcycle and fancy cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens doing all sorts of flaming stunts. The show ended with monster trucks, artists performing songs from Grease and of course, an appearance from Jeremy Meeks, the current “it” model, who is also nicknamed Hot Mugshot Guy, Hot Convict and Prison Bae.
It may be hard to focus on the fashion with so much going on, but it went right along with the theme. Obviously leather was a key point, with leather jackets and t-shirts with flames. Denim was also a huge trend, and luxury crocodile skin jackets paired a little glamour with the punk. Shoulder patches featuring tigers and panthers were decidedly placed on sweaters and most of the looks were paired with studded shoes of some kind, either sneakers or dressier shoes. Skulls were another theme — and you can find them patched, bedazzled and sewn onto many of the garments.
The Plein experience is never complete without the after party. This season, besides being able to check out the fancy cars (heavily guarded by security, of course) you could spin a around on a different set of wheels. There was actually a carnival ride of bumper cars placed in the venue so fashion show and after party attendees could morph back to their childhood and have a little carnival fun. This was most likely the only fashion week event where drinking and driving was not only accepted, but encouraged.
Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Philipp Plein.