Philipp Plein’s Debut NYFW Show Was a Star-Studded Spectacle

Philipp Plein’s Debut NYFW Show Was a Star-Studded Spectacle

Stars dominated the Plein runway and front row, creating NYFW's biggest extravaganza.

Stars dominated the Plein runway and front row, creating NYFW's biggest extravaganza.

Photography: Dirk Alexander

Text: Jake Viswanath

In recent years, select designers have chosen to take a minimalist approach for their runway shows, creating a stark but calm contrast to the fashion industry’s rapid perpetual evolution. Philipp Plein is not that type of designer. He has built a reputation for putting on large-scale shows to accompany his extravagant clothing, and for his debut show during New York Fashion Week, Plein was seemingly determined to make a bigger splash than ever. Mission accomplished.

Given that this was his first runway show in the US, Plein fully embraced common but timeless American motifs before the clothes even hit the stage. Models dressed as the Statue of Liberty lined the steps of the New York Public Library, while an Elvis Presley impersonator and the Naked Cowboy entertained guests outside. New York landmarks were represented inside as well, with models decked out as the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings greeting guests as they walked into the show.

Those guests were a hodgepodge of celebrities from all walks of life, including Paris and Nicky Hilton, Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Shay Mitchell, Fat Joe, Coco Rocha, Tiffany Trump, V 103 cover star Taylor Hill, and the one and only Madonna. Madge actually held up the show for over an hour, not arriving until 10:15 PM and proving yet again why she is the Queen of Pop.

The one thing crazier than the front row was the stars walking in the show. Fetty Wap, Desiigner, Pete Wentz, "hot felon" Jeremy Meeks, and V 104 cover star Young Thug joined modeling newcomers Anwar Hadid and Sofia Richie and runway mainstays like Dilone and Imaan Hammam. Staple American rapper Nas and rock band The Kills also performed during the show, ensuring it as NYFW’s wildest show.

The clothes continued the show’s theme of chic Americana, taking cues from 2000s-era clothing like Von Dutch and Ed Hardy. Plein’s logo was emblazoned across tees and bodysuits in gothic fonts and covered in rhinestones. There was also an emphasis on outerwear, with long fur coats, metallic puffers, and studded moto jackets dominating the runway. But frankly, the clothes were secondary to the surrounding madness, establishing Plein as one of the most anticipated presentations of NYFW should he show on our turf again. See photos from the show below.

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