Fashion runways have finally returned to glamor and innovation. For years, fans of high fashion have seen the same three things: neutrals, monotonous model walks and predictable trend cycles.
This month has exceeded all expectations, a sight for the many who have remembered what the 90s and early 2000s brought: creativity.
Starting off with the most celebrated runway this season. A combination by the designer brand Coperni and supermodel Bella Hadid, the closing garment was created right before the audience with only a specialized spray. According to CNN, Hadid walked the runway in nude underwear before the creator of the fabric spray, Manel Torres and his team, sprayed the model to create a wearable dress.
This technology is called Fabrican, a spider web-like spray that combines fibers and molds clothing to the wearer. The official Fabrican website reports, “Spray-on fabrics liberate product and apparel designers from the constraints imposed by the need for cutting to size, stitching, and fitting of traditional materials.”
Dating all the way back to the early 2000s, this spray’s popularity has escalated during this show which now paves the way for more technological innovation in the fashion field. After only 10 minutes, Hadid walked the runway in the spray-on dress and closed the most talked about fashion show. This moment will surely remain in fashion history.
Alongside Coperni, many other shows have shown extravagance and creativity in other ways. During Gucci’s show, the brand casted pairs of identical twins to wear matching garments down the runway. Walking side by side, 68 pairs of twins were scouted by the brand during Twins Day, a convention in Twinsburg, Ohio.
The entire show was sectioned off into two parts, the two sides of the room thinking that there is only one model walking the runway. Each opposing side of the audience did not see that there was another person walking side by side, as a panel was separating the matching pairs. During the last moments of the show, the panel was lifted for the audience to witness the truth behind the illusion.
Another shocking runway walk was the staging of Balenciaga’s runway. The brand, known for extravagant and outlandish styles, had the models walk a mud runway. Denma Gvasalia, the designer behind this showcase, said that the runway is “a metaphor for digging for the truth and being down to Earth.”
Among the designers’ visions were also muses who walked down the runway. From ‘90s supermodel Linda Evangelista closing Fendi to Paris Hilton closing the Versace show in a pink diamond dress and matching hot pink veil, the runways were packed with celebrities showcasing their favorite designers’ pieces.
And lastly, there was chaos. Both organized and disorganized, models usually have a few stumbles here and there. But this season, the fashion label AVAVAV made each of their models fall down the runway. Each fall was captured midway by photographers, as one of the most eye-catching pieces — the gigantic fur boots — were on full show.
Fashion month may have ended, but the creative energies of each brand has made the experience of both front row goers and at-home fans interesting this year. As new expectations are getting set, will there be more innovative takes or will it disappoint? Only time will tell.