On Monday, Tuomas Merikosk sent his Spring 2019 collection for AALTO down the runway in Milan on a series of race walkers. The models power-walked down the catwalk, demonstrating both the label's brightly-colored, sports-themed range and their ability to wiggle with a sense of urgency. Were they crunched for time at the venue? Or is is the power-walk poised to takeover the runway, leaving the glamorous strut behind?
Strangely enough, AALTO isn't the first brand to present its collection at a rapid pace: Australian-based Double Rainbouu and buzzy labels such as Vaquera and Vetements have also showed collections on a cast of intense walkers, leading us to believe that there may be a new runway trend brewing.
It's hard enough for models, who have spidery long legs, to nail a perfect predator-inspired stomp. Now they'll have to learn to incorporate their arms — see: power fists — and look cute while mastering intricate hip rotations, a difficult feat for anyone who's watched the sport via the Olympics or has seen it in action.
At the time being, we can only marvel at how those AALTO models raced down the runway, as if running towards a sparkly-suited Harry Styles, or any other sort of prime meat.
But Harry aside, here's to hoping fashion power-walking is a short-lived runway sport and that it doesn't send Miss J into early retirement.