From Paris to Milan, Fashion Runways Exude as Much Wow as the Couture

At Milan Fashion Week, the Dolce & Gabbana show had to be postponed because of technical difficulties with the models. . . they were drones. But they eventually zipped down the catwalk toting the fall 2018 handbags. Not to be outdone, Gucci featured models carrying cyborg-like replicas of their own heads. In the battle for runway dominance, major labels have taken to presenting more than just cutting-edge clothing to draw attention to their latest collections. These inspired set designs from the past year made waves even before the first model stepped foot on stage.

1. Balenciaga: The snowboarding-inspired fall-winter collection joined by a graffiti-clad polystyrene “mountain” at a Paris warehouse.

Photography courtesy of Louis Vuitton. 

2. Louis Vuitton: At the Musée du Louvre, Paris, ancient stone architecture and the contrasting contemporary runways backdropping the fall-winter and spring-summer collections.

Photography courtesy of Moncler.

3. Moncler: In Milan, the colors of the Moncler Genius collection alternating with black and white, the latter courtesy of stacked nylon forms and a landscape of paper “icebergs.”

Photography courtesy of Dior.

4. Dior: For the mod fall-winter collection at the Musée Rodin, Paris, collages of vintage magazines covers and protest signs commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968’s Summer of Love.

Photography courtesy of Gucci.

5. Gucci: Staged in the brand’s Milan headquarters, creative director Alessandro Michele’s operating-room theater drew inspiration from feminist Donna Haraway, with models clutching prosthetic heads for the fall-winter collection.

> See more from the April issue of Interior Design

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