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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.