February 23, 2014 Milan
Production levels and expenses of these kinds aren't actually new for Plein, who has booked Grace Jones and Iggy Azalea in seasons past. What was different this time around was the action on the runway. Working behind the scenes, stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele gave the proceedings a new sense of gloss. (Maybe her participation had something to do with the big-name models who stalked the catwalk as well.) In keeping with Plein's cowboy theme, there were studded black leather jeans, swaggering dusters with giant fox-fur lapels, and ankle-scraping ruffled skirts. Plein also had red-and-black tartan (prairie plaid?), which was a little less obvious but still fun. Borrowed-from-his-men's collection distressed and faded denim was the best of all when it came stomping out in flat studded boots.
Plein had us until the back of the El Camino, mere feet from the front row, erupted in flames. Facemelt!