Have You Ever Evidenced A Limitless, Inclusive, And Disruptive World Of Fashion Where Women Were Cast As The Heroines Walking The Windy Runway? We Got You Covered With The Nits’ Bitsy Deets! Dive In!
The year is upon us: the frenetic chaos of the high fashion season. With every designer clamouring to be the next big thing, there’s bound to be some crossovers between Spring 2024 runway presentations in Paris. This season saw the use of sheer textiles as a medium for dynamic storytelling, contrasted by the unrelenting severity of structure and tailoring. While, the windswept show by Mugler really caught our eye. So, look further as the brand’s collection is an adorable feast to eyes!
Far away on planet Mugler, audience members traded the serene skies that whipped around the models of the brand’s Spring 2024 showcase. This collection featured many of Mugler’s usual hallmarks: oversized structured shoulders, geometric lines that cut the body into precisely sliced sections of flesh and exaggerated hip protrusions that create the signature hornet-like body proportions adorning the runway. Undoubtedly, the show delivered a succession of “wow” moments, from the black coat dripping with 7,000 meters of dégradé hand-dyed fringe.
Creative director, Casey Cadwallader explored the opposing forces of hard and soft, pairing bubble-like transparent resin body plates and rippling trains of chiffon and sheer caresses of mesh, all tied together with the brand’s legendary dedication to tailoring. Each look conjured images of deep-sea creatures riding the currents as massive mechanical fans blasted each model with gusts of wind to emulate the floating fluidity of the underwater world.
It appeared to be a makeshift wind tunnel, for brand to showcase the multitude of floating fabrics to decorate the runway, while giving the impression of hair pieces and face masks (which the models removed as they walked). Cadwallader presented razor sharp suiting, resin body plates and form-fitting dresses with yards of fabric wisping away from the neck, all thanks to the set’s powerful wind machines. The soundtrack was electric and the casting was robust: Paris Hilton and Fan BingBing who have also graced the L’OFFICIEL cover, have also joined models on the runway.
Hilton stalked the runway in a tailored black top with power shoulders, cropped to reveal a corset and matching skirt carved away over the thighs. Fan’s train morphed into an orange colour gradient that flickered like a flame. Cadwallader did it his way, and the audience was simply blown away. Though Cadwallader remains committed to the mature sexiness and structure that makes up MUGLER’s prolific legacy.
His vision for the future of the brand is as clear as the transparent resin he adorns his models in. He has been exercising his “deep curiosity for the natural world.” Drawing on his childhood passion for marine biology, taking influence from exotic species like urchins and jellyfish. To close the show, Anok Yai stepped out onto the runway, followed by seemingly endless yards of diaphanous black and beige chiffon.