The Craziest Things We’ve Seen at Fashion Week

By John Wong

Here’s the thing. A lot of the things that designers show at fashion week (doesn’t matter which city) aren’t actually made to be worn by people going to the mall.  Not that a normal person would be going to the mall in Giambattista Valli couture, but you get the idea.  Some of the stuff isn’t just that it’s high fashion, it’s that the designers were most likely high when they designed it.

Here’s a list of the craziest things that we’ve seen at fashion weeks past.  You know, the things that make people in the front row go “Wow, fashion, yasssssss” and everybody else like “What the f**k?”

Rick Owens’ human backpacks


The guy literally cast gymnasts to be models for his Spring 2016 show to pull this off.  Why?  Because there were actual humans strapped upside down to other humans walking down the runway.  Some of them actually weren’t even backpacks,  but literally one layer of clothing away from performing live oral sex on the runway.  It was a gimmick, but props to Owens for making it a memorable one.

Chanel’s hula-hoop bag


In their defense, Chanel did say that the full-size version would never go on sale.  But after much attention was drawn and warm reception was received, Chanel decided to make more practical, wearable versions of the hula-hoop bag models paraded down runways.  And of course Kris Jenner copped herself one.

Prada’s “foot gloves”


Now I truly understand what Lauren Weisberger meant when she said the devil wears Prada.  For her spring 2013 show, Miuccia Prada sent models down the runway wearing something of a mix between a Japanese sandal, a Christmas present and shoes from a go-go dancer’s uniform.  It was a shoe contraption that featured a large wooden base and a leather upper sole, strung together with an opulent leather bow thing.  You know what, just look at the pictures and decide for yourself what Miuccia was thinking.


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