Like pieces of fashionable sushi, Viktor & Rolf sent out their models on a conveyor belt before they hit the runway. They hit a pose and stuck it, pulled across the conveyer belt, their silhouettes illuminated by, well, the moon. One model even got on the conveyer belt on her hands and knees. Tyra couldn’t have dreamed up a better challenge for America’s Next Top Model. Oh wait. She already did.
A gimmick is nothing new from the design duo (see: last fall’s allergy-inducing red face paint or last spring’s giant ball skirt runway entrance). Still, it was a good one–I couldn’t help but smile. And it wasn’t just the conveyor belt. There was the whole moon thing: The soundtrack included a goofy spoken word version of “Blue Moon” and the looming orb changed from silver to gold for the final look, worn by Karlie Kloss. Given the nighttime vibe, it was fitting that the first looks out were shimmery printed pajama pants suits and that models walked at a slowed down pace, half-awake as if in a dream. Pajamas gave way to furry confections (about which I’ve already gotten some angry Tweets), draped in strips and shorn in stripes on dresses and coats.