You know what looks really dope on a dude? A gold, sleeveless turtleneck. Especially when paired with really long hair and big gold bracelets. Or at least designer Rick Owens sure thinks so! His designs weren’t the only wackadoo creations strutting down the runways in Milan and Paris this week– a week dominated by death and apocalyptic imagery. Blood and references to global decay were widespread and remorseless. See for yourself as we round-up the craziest, most unsettling looks from the Milan and Paris.
(‘’)1. Jean Paul Gaultier Perhaps moved by Lady Gaga’s suicide-themed VMA’s performance or maybe Manny Pacquiao’s recent victory over Miguel Cotto (link: http://www.mannypacquiao.ph/), Jean Paul Gaultier sent a series of bloody boxers down the runway. That’s right, a bloody nose, should JPG get his way, may be FW10’s hottest accessory. (The choice seemed in especially poor taste given that Chris Brown was sitting front row.)
2. Adam Kimmel For those with a serious gambling problem, Adam Kimmel has solved one’s primary problems: what to wear, and how to facilitate gambling at all times. Here, a cape and card table become one. It’s card shark meets Houdini.
3. Henrik Vibscov Leave it to Henrik Vibskov–a Copenhagen-based provocateur and lover of the avant-garde–to get downright creepy. Call it hostage chic, but given the bandaged up finger nails and fashionable blindfolding, the look is not necessarily what I’d call aspirational.
4. Dsquared Dsquared” This stunner opened the Dsquared”show this season. Call it Adam Lambert-meets-the Crow. I can’t quite see this look strutting down 7th Avenue… that is, unless it’s Halloween or the gay pride parade. In that case, it’s fierce.
5. Moncler Gamme Bleu Sweatpants may be making waves on men’s wear runways for FW10, but over at Moncler Gamme Bleu, which is currently being designed by high-water loving Thom Browne, the designer introduced something even cozier. Blankets and sleeping caps of which Ebenezer Scrooge would have approved: genius!
6. D&G One look at the first style sent down the runway at D&G and it appears as though Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana may have taken this season’s memo about layering a little too seriously. There is nothing attractive about a marshmallow of a man (even if such an attractive, well styled one as this) coming down a runway… a ski slope, on the other hand, is a different story. My heart goes out to this undoubtedly very overheated mannequin.
7. Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen sent this number down his FW10 runway, unfortunately without much explanation. However, whether it’s a statement about swine flu, or even a throwback to SARS, something about the skeleton knit and face-mask combo doesn’t exactly scream sexy.
8. Rick Owens A master of minimalism, darkness and, above all else, leather, Rick Owens is a preeminent force in fashion. However, this sleeveless gold turtleneck number with matching wrist guards seems to fall somewhere between Star Trek and the ambiguously gay duo. Gotta love the hair though.