Much of runway fashion has a habit of erring a little, erm, left-field. But then again, that’s sort of the point: clothes you see on the catwalk aren’t always intended to be sold so much as simply spark interest. At its core, runway fashion reflects an idea as opposed to a ready-made look; this is, after all, where trends are made.
Sometimes though, the off-kilter can become the downright bizarre. There may be a way to integrate a fluoro Louis Vuitton tracksuit into your off-duty wardrobe, but you’d struggle with the batshit looks below. Enjoy.
Hood By Air SS16
Hood By Air made luxury sportswear a thing. Luxury dental hygiene however, proved more of a struggle. Pearl-encrusted dental dams and bejewelled mouthpieces turned heads on the runway, but for all the wrong reasons: who really wants a ball gag crossed with the crown jewels?
Raf Simons SS16
Ever thought of teaming your minimalist clobber with your nana’s headscarf? No? Us neither. But that didn’t stop Belgian maestro Raf Simons trying to make geriatric chic a thing.
Kokon To Zai has never courted the masses, but its decision to strap parachutes to runway models for its SS16 show was particularly niche. Innovation, or simply a hindrance to models making it out onto the runway?
Craig Green SS16
Craig Green has been lauded for pushing the boundaries of menswear. Which he does. Sometimes though, it’s a push too far – like these kimono-cum-burqa-cum-cutting-room-floor-leftovers looks.
Aitor Throup SS17
Even the most intellectual of minds would be baffled by Aitor Throup’s loftier concepts. At the designer’s SS17 show, a team of puppeteers commandeered a mannequin in a fencer’s mask, complete with spewing glitter and changing clothes. But what does it all mean? (No, really.)
Philipp Plein AW14
What do you think of when we say ‘Wild West’? John Wayne? A saloon shootout? Redneck chewing a straw? Or, do you make like Phillip Plein and march out models with cheese-grater abs, leather Stetsons and an overall look that’s best left to the gay erotic section on Netflix.
Rick Owens AW15
After strapping models together and Kastrati tribal haircuts (Google it), there was only one frontier left for Rick Owens: your penis. Or at least those of the poor models that exposed their manhoods in neutral-tone fabric glory holes. Enough to wilt even the proudest member.