Fantastic florescent raptors. Giant rainbows. Mind-blowing effects. No, we’re not talking about over-the-top ready-to-wear or after party hallucinations. The runway sets were especially high-concept, providing just the right theatrical backdrop for many of this season’s shows. At Chanel, a gigantic bow—a leitmotif in the collection—brought a sense of scale to the cavernous Grand Palais, while Alexander McQueen crafted a huge, winged tribute to Isabella Blow. History inspired other productions. John Galliano trucked in a carousel from the early 1900s for his extravaganza, while a trompe l’oeil Hall of Mirrors at Roberto Cavalli evoked the grandeur of Versailles. The tent at Louis Vuitton, which looked great “after dark,” was lined with vintage romance-novel covers inspired by artist Richard Prince. No doubt, designers gave this season’s leading roles to the clothes. But the award for best supporting design element goes to the imaginative sets.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"