Philipp Plein F/W 2015
Hip Hop concert meets kickbox action
A dose of Mad Max, a quotient of madness, some fine modern rocker mode and a little bit of magic at Philipp Plein on Saturday night.
An audience of Plein fans packed into the former Teatro Versace, where they were treated to drummers, their metal barrels emblazoned with the number 78 – Plein’s year of birth. An MC then introduced to us – Los Angeles title fight style – two ultimate kick boxers who performed in a cage. Though not before Plein threw his first surprise of the night. A great two-tune rap by Snoop Dogg, which felt like a glorious present.
Next came the actual show – a gladiator encounters a quarterback mood where Plein whipped up lots of great merchandise, from faux croco biker jackets to shaggy haired rock god blousons. He will never be a revolutionary thinker but Plein’s ability to understand exactly what ambitious party animals want is pretty darned impressive.
And you truly could not fault Herr Plein for manners. He personally welcomed the 60 guests at his sushi dinner – staged upst airs amid a thrall that included Paris Hilton and a royally blunted Snoop. The last time we recall a designer single-handedly welcoming each guest at a dinner – it was Giorgio Armani at a mega spectacle One Night in Paris. Which says quite a lot – about both designers; and others who don’t behave as impeccably.
Not everyone made it into Milan’s party of the season. Departing the soiree after an epic Snoop DJ set, scores of tear-stained Milanese were outside begging, pleading to get inside.
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