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Mostly likely the most talked about and largest productions of NYFW, Philipp Plein‘s FW18 Show, which had a ‘Space Invasion’ theme, was undeniably an invasion of the mind as well!
Taking place in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, at the Duggal Greenhouse, things were already looking up for the scale of what could occur. It was definitely a galactic throw from last seasons show, held at the limited Hammerstein Ballroom.
Getting in however wasn’t that easy. Press, Model or Celebrity, you truly had to find your way through the right door, that’s if anyone knew which one it was, but once inside everything was definitely on another level. First off, everything was lit, no literally the entire space was covered in a blue hue of lights, while fake snow covered the floor and fell from the sky. A huge spaceship hung from the center of the ceiling, with a stamp of Plein’s “PP” underside it.
The show started about an hour from the time I thought it would, but it was all good cause it meant more time to explore the space, bump shoulders with a few celebs and get your photos in, Hello Instagram!
After all this, I made my my way quickly to my seat, as not to miss a beat! You kind of just knew when the show was going to start because the sounds of an engine revving, and the loud boom a gigantic plow pushed through the ‘space rock’ as things got underway. Snowmobiles followed suit and the show started off with some live performances from Rich the Kid, Offset, 1/3 from the group Migos, 6IX9INE, and Ayo & Tayo. They definitely set the mood and amped everybody up . If things couldn’t any get better, a freakin’ robot came through the entrance the snow plow made, with Plein scrawled all across it. It did a little dance for us then out of nowhere, the huge Plein Spaceship which hung from the ceiling began to descend.
Lights beaming, smoke spewing and sounds of Alien Abduction was all I remembered, as Irina Shayk came down the ramp of the open door and strutted her stuff, of course in Plein attire around the warehouse with the robot in hand.
And just like that, cue the fashion! The models, which included a few celebs and even a Paralympic athlete, then entered the ‘runway’ of sorts to showcase Plein’s one of a kind creations. Right, left, center, you had to keep your head moving or you might miss a look. Philipp Plein Mens, Womenswear and Plein Sport were all featured. Metallic Silver, Black and White were the main colors seen, with a little yellow and red mixed in. Plush fur coats and boots, straps everywhere, and snow suits/puffer jackets adorned their bodies. I definitely saw a few pieces I would be so down to don. Some even walked out with Plein Snowboards and Skis in tow.The finale came when the models, Rich the Kid, Offset rapping to ‘Walk It While I Talk It’ , 6IX9INE, and Ayo & Tayo all came out for the last walk,with Plein himself and Irina Shayk, which was met with standing applause and some screams. *Raises Hand*
Afterwards, like all ‘shows’, was the after party. At the bar, there was spirits mixed with all the Red Bull flavors you could think of, with Space themed names for cocktails; pretty much a pick your poison type of situation. Maybeline had makeup booths set up to try out their new Python Metallic Lip Collection, and this cool ass mobile camera which took fire selfie GIFs called Hypno Cam. Circoloco kept the vibes going late into the night, where at times I felt like I was in a South Miami 80’s club. Hands down, Plein was mostly likely one of the most expensive shows of the year, but in my eyes it was all worth it! See the video of the show below!
Photographer: Josh Sobel