The Most Outrageous Runway Trends of 2012
The runway is always a time for something outrageous and eye-catching. Sometimes it’s the designer that gets the most press that gets the most response, and attendees expect a good show during Fashion Week. While the clothes are meant to take center stage when showcased, it may be the show itself or its setting that gets the most response and which winds up being the most outrageous.
One of the most head-turning trends we saw on the runway in 2012 was the use of glowing material, seen in Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2013 line. While Wang’s cuts and styles were simple and classic enough, with long square lines and simple piping or long slits up the side, it was his use of glow-in-the-dark that got tongues wagging. Cleverly turning down the lights and using a soft black light, each of Wang’s creations stood out on the red carpet in a soft lime green, blue, or white color. Wang added an odd strip of fabric to the tops of their heads to add to the odd glow.
The 80s were a decade that was full of outrageous fashion, and John Paul Gaultier’s runway was an homage to all things from that decade. Models strutted out dressed and made up in the likes of Boy George from Culture Club, as well as being done up to resemble Madonna and Annie Lennox. The show itself was also a throwback to the dying disco era of the 80s, as other models hung from scaffolding reminiscent of the standard 80s nightclub. Music from that decade also blared out during the show, fitting for an 80s theme show.
Karl Lagerfeld may have been making a political statement when he transformed the Chanel runway into an homage to sustainable energy, complete with wind turbines and solar panels. Unfortunately his elements didn’t actually work but they did get the crowd talking, about the show itself as well as about the ensembles.
Louis Vuitton made quite a splash with his runway, which included four working escalators, the stairs of which were painted with a triangular pattern that matched the print on the clothes of the models. It was quite a grand way for models to make an entrance as they would glide smoothly down the escalator to showcase each outfit.
Another show that turned heads, sometimes in puzzlement, was that from Jason Wu, who set up mirrors to reflect the models as they walked down the runway. It was often difficult to discern which was the real model, the one on the catwalk or the reflection in the mirror. It almost felt as if audience members were getting two shows in one! All these trends turned heads for this year’s runway shows.