The weird & wonderful

The weird & wonderful

 

The autumn/winter 2015 fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris wrapped up on Wednesday, bringing this season's fashion weeks to a close.

The runway has always been about drama, so we turn the spotlight on some of the most over-the-top looks and accessories.

LOONEY TUNES SWEATERS

We're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little loony... Moschino took inspiration from cartoons yet again this season, this time the Looney Tunes characters. Previous shows featured other cartoons, including SpongeBob and Barbie. Nostalgic, yes, but does it go beyond that?

POM POM BOAS

French brand Celine is often ahead of the trends, delivering covetable goods season after season. So, does this mean people will be after whimsical boas now? Giant furry pom poms appeared at its show, making for a new kind of crazy accessory.

FACE JEWELLERY

There is something a bit macabre about the face jewellery shown on the Givenchy runway. In addition to spider-like septum rings, jewelled dots were stuck to the models' faces, evoking a dark version of the teardrops on a clown's face.

FURRY SHOES

There are furry shoes, and then there are FURRY shoes. This pair from Gucci is definitely the latter. They look like giant walking furballs, taking hairy inspiration even beyond hobbit feet. The brand is taking the phrase animal magnetism pretty literally.

PLATFORM COMBAT BOOTS

Paging the 1990s! Models at the Alexander Wang show stomped down the runway wearing clomp-y, Dr Martens-style combat boots. They towered over the audience, too, thanks to the high flatform soles on the embellished boots.

MY LITTLE PONY OUTFITS

Another designer and another page torn out of our childhood lookbooks. Pink and rainbow hues, courtesy of My Little Pony cartoons, made for kitschy, sweet creations at the Fyodor Golan London show. Perhaps the brand's designers had six-year-old customers in mind?

POUFY DRESSES

This dress, if it can be called that, is one surreal fantasy come to life. The Comme des Garcons number is a cross between a swathe of clouds and a pile of pillows. The model will have a soft landing, should she fall off the runway by accident.

SCULPTURAL TOPPERS

London-based designer Gareth Pugh showed a funereal collection in shades of black, but the styling and accessories added more than a style punch. Models came out wearing larger-than-life toppers, like this one that resembled a Trojan horse.

JEWELLED SWIMCAPS

Madcap antics, indeed. John Galliano's Margiela show featured a slew of crazy characters, many of them wearing some kind of hat. This old-fashioned swimcap-like topper was especially over-the-top thanks to the bejewelled accents.

FRINGE CAPES

The Addams Family has its hairy Cousin It, and now the fashion world has this fringed Burberry cape dress. Only the brave and those truly "home on the range" will be able to wear this swingy suede number without looking like it is wearing them.


This article was first published on March 13, 2015.
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