Money was no object for Philipp Plein, who hired British singer Rita Ora to perform and Naomi Campbell to open and close his fall show.
“The mood is always about having fun,” Plein said backstage. “Every season I have 15 minutes to take you on a trip into the Philipp Plein world.” This time his world was a movielike set. As soon as the lights went down, Ora stepped out from a black car parked at a mock gas station. After Ora’s performance, Campbell kicked things off dressed in a suede and fox fur coat with Swarovski crystals over tight leather pants. Her giant belt buckle and eye-catching boots introduced the theme: cowboys, or better yet, cowgirls.
Sheriff-badge stars decorated a range of tartan pieces, including the leather bodice of a cinched maxidress and a lingerielike top paired with leather pants. Plein then worked his inspiration more literally, matching distressed denim pants with cowboy shirts embellished with huge studs.
The look was as exaggerated as the finale: The car caught fire and the models walked through a thick — not to mention annoying — veil of smoke.