What is a Fashion Show?

“That is the danger of putting on a show. The runway is a theater — this, by now, is well established. But it’s one that can easily eclipse its own point, which is, at least nominally, to show some new clothes.

It often happens at Thom Browne’s shows for Moncler Gamme Bleu. Mr. Browne is a showman par excellence, and with Moncler’s deep pockets, he’s free to indulge his talents. Every season is a production, and this one was no exception.”

Read more on the New York Times.

Fashion shows are just simply put, a parade of clothing, but the tricky part is to make the clothes identifiable with the designers through many means including sounds, productions or performances. Not a lot of designers are as fortunate to have a specific style of clothing to be associated with them such as Coco Chanel with her little black dress or Diane Von Furstenberg with her wrap dress. That’s called a legacy. 

Having said that, Here is our list of 5 of the most memorable runway shows:

1. Hussein Chalayan Spring / Summer 2007 in which he introduced his piece de resistance, the Living Dress. 

2. Alexander McQueen delivered many memorable shows including the most controversial of all, the Autumn / Winter 1995 show titled the “Highland Rape”. However, for us, the Autumn / Winter 2006, “Widows of Culloden”, creates much more visual impact because we can still recall the clothes years later. Besides, ethereal holographic Kate Moss floating in the middle of the runway it is just simply a sight to behold. 

3. Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring / Summer 2004 by John Galliano. From the production value of the runway to the clothes to the make up, everything is just ostentatiously elegant. We would wear every single piece, including the make up and the headdress. No questions asked. 

4. Haider Ackermann Spring / Summer 2012. From the use of the contrast (construction and deconstruction, chiffon and leather), to the slow-paced runway walk, down to the soundtrack, it’s simply breathe-taking and sublime. 

5. Alexander McQueen Spring / Summer 2010, “Platos Altantis”. Mr. McQueen collaborated with Lady Gaga in which she debuted her Magnus Opus, “Bad Romance”. He introduced to the world – the Armadillo heels. The concept, the vision, and the story behind the clothes are just incredibly well thought out. 

What’s your most favourite runway show?