Once again, Thierry Mugler has proved to the world that his designs continue to be the product of an unconventionally dominant eye for style. French-born Mugler presented an exceptional array of avant-garde looks, effortlessly transitioning from all-over black to a selection of bold prints as the show progressed. Any previous criticism that questioned the designer’s allegiance to the spectacular and magnificent was clearly dispelled here at Paris Fashion Week 2019.
The collection stayed true to Mugler’s futuristic flair as onlookers were familiarised with the designer’s penchant for PVC: a quality renowned by Mugler’s creations for two decades. Being a ready-to-wear show, the designer’s trademark oddity contrasted well with tailored jackets and dresses, offering just enough ‘normalcy’ for an everyday look. It was the perfect fusion of high-fashion futurism and effortless easy-to-wear.
A notable example of this infusion was displayed through thigh-high boots, which were unapologetically PVC and were boldly exhibited through jet-blacks, statement scarlets and cobalt blue. Aligning with the theme of tailoring with a twist, a prominent piece of the collection combined a casual long-sleeved dress with a plunging scooped neckline and jet-black PVC thigh-highs. The piece was accessorised with a silk ribbon necklace adorning a tangerine orange jewel, which finalised the look with a splash of colour. This look, and others not as prominent, certainly seemed more widely wearable for the average viewer.
Another piece infused bold floral print with a more neutral sandy-beige shade, as one model donned a woven, single-breasted and oversized-collared jacket displaying this particular print. The print, emblematic of Mugler’s signature bold creations, was strikingly set off with PVC boots again; this time an autumnal burgundy colour, which adhered to the palette of the upcoming season. The skater-style skirt accompanying was a pleasant division within an already brave look.
Overall, Mugler’s ready-to-wear FW19 collection was highly reminiscent of the designer’s domineering fashion of the past. This flair was displayed through the use of colour and fabric rather than cut, with pieces opting for block shades and racy PVC footwear to boot. However, the exhibition of casually-cut dresses and collared jackets radiated practicality and allowed Mugler’s work to be perceived conventionally: in the most magnificently unconventional way.
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