New York Fashion Week 2015: Weirdest looks so far

17/02/15

These outfits might be high fashion, but they would get a you a few odd looks down your local.

New York Fashion Week is in full flow and as designers unleash their creative juices, a few rather impractical outfits have strutted shamelessly onto the catwalk.

Metal masks, male crop tops and beard chainmail are among the more outlandish designs.

Not to mention thongs, see-through dresses and sweeping capes.

A model poses backstage at the Thaddeus O'Neill presentation
A model walks the runway at the Teflar show
Image caption Teflar show: You'll probably want to do a bit of work down the gym before you wear this one
A model walks the runway at the Teflar show
Image caption Teflar show: Presumably one arm will be a little warmer than the other
A model walks the runway wearing Landi Accessories collection at the FTL Moda fashion
Image caption Landi Accessories collection at the FTL Moda fashion show: Pants

Why are the clothes at fashion shows so impractical though? Surely no one will buy these bizarre creations?

A model walks the runway wearing Antonio Urzi collection at the FTL Moda fashion show
Image caption Antonio Urzi collection at the FTL Moda fashion show: Fairly impractical front
The back is even less practical
Image caption Even less practical from behind
All wrapped up... oh. wait. No.
Image caption All wrapped up... Oh. Wait. No, missed a bit
Model walks the runway for Hood by Air at Fall Studios
Image caption Hood by Air at Fall Studios: Do not try this at home
Model walks the runway for Hood by Air at Fall Studios
Image caption Hood by Air at Fall Studios: Do not try this in a pub

Well, making things for everyday wear is not really the point for many designers at these shows. It's more about showing off their creative flair, than being constrained by practical concerns

A model walks the runway at the Etxeberria fashion show
Image caption Etxeberria fashion show: Look like a Muppet?
For designers like Antonio Urzi, it's more about showing off their creative flair, rather than being constrained by practical concerns
Image caption Antonio Urzi: Going Gaga?
A model walks the runway during the Charles & Ron show at the Nolcha Fashion Week
Image caption Charles & Ron: Where would you put your keys?
A model walks the runway wearing Antonio Urzi collection at the FTL Moda fashion show
Image caption Antonio Urzi: Do not machine wash

What you see on the runway often represents an artistic idea, which can later be adapted for the High Street.

Hood By Air's Shayne Oliver wanted to tackle gender norms, creating an androgynous, anonymous look - so he put stockings on the models heads and drew on faces.

Ok so it looks a bit like a nightmare, but you get his point
Image caption Hood by Air: Tight fit

Also, because designers want to make their clothes memorable and keep buyers entertained, make-up and styling are always going to be much more theatrical than what you see when you pop down your local Topshop.

A model walks the runway at the Oudifu fashion show
Image caption Oudifu fashion show: Fur pity's sake
Unconstrained by practicality, designers can show off
Image caption Thom Browne: Window dressing

Many of those attending New York Fashion Week will see as many as seven shows a day.

Designers don't want these influential figures to get bored.

Not an ideal outfit for a bus ride to the office. Another Antonio Urzi creation
Image caption Antonio Urzi: Not an ideal outfit for a bus ride to work
Designers don't want industry leaders being bored by their clothes
Image caption Designers don't want industry leaders - like Vogue editor Anna Wintour - being bored by their clothes

They are fashions shows - the clue's in the name. No label wants to be vanilla and forgettable so they ramp up the drama and showmanship of the events.

The dancers performing
Image caption Dancers put the "show" in fashion show

For example, Thaddeous O'Neil had dance group The Butoh Beauties perform in blue paint as part of his show.

Performance artist Serpentwithfeet also performed at the Thaddeous O'Neil show
Image caption Performance artist Serpentwithfeet also performed at the Thaddeous O'Neil show

For all the theatrics, many of the clothes are beautiful as well as being dramatic.

Naomi Campbell
Image caption Naomi Campbell

Of course, nothing in New York can compete with the shock factor of Rick Owens' show in Paris earlier in January.

His peep-hole designs saw male models sashay down the runway with their penises on show. But New York Fashion Week isn't over yet...

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