We get that there are weeks, probably months that go into planning a fashion show. We can only assume that, during those months leading up to Philipp Plein's menswear show in Milan yesterday, the German designer had stranded himself on some remote island with no TV or Internet access, where he spent his hours scribbling ideas down on the back of a shovel by candlelight Abe Lincoln-style so as not to be subconsciously influenced by outside goings-on.
That's really the only explanation for why anyone--annnyyyyyyooooone--would find it appropriate or acceptable in any way to walk a ski-masked male model down the runway carrying a semi-automatic machine gun in one hand and a teddy bear in the other. (Lest we forget, yesterday marked the one month anniversary of the unthinkable tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT.) Other models aimed realistic-looking war-grade weapons at the front row (seating politics at its most literal, eh?), while several wore gas masks and carried ominous doctors bags most definitely not meant for carrying stethoscopes.
According to a press release, the weapon-wielding models represented "new fashion heros": "A troop of hot, strong, brave young men. Champions of a true ideal, fight only for real love, and 'Regret Nothing', which is also the groove of a new style battle." ...Come again?
We can't say we're totally surprised at Plein's tastelessness given his penchant for creating tabloid fodder--though we con't say we approve of it either. Fashion has often served as social commentary, a sign of the times. But presenting weapons as next season's must-have accessory? We think we'll stick with our hula hoop handbags for now.
Are you offended by Philipp Plein's presentation (which you can view more of in the gallery), or does anything go when it comes to fashion?