For his Resort 2019 collection, Philipp Plein once again opens the gates to his private pleasure palace on the Cote d’Azur, ‘La Jungle Du Roi’. At the entrance, on a wall of white roses, the word ‘PHILIPP PLEIN DYNASTY’ – framed by two giant Ziggy Stardust lightning bolts – signals an event charged with high-voltage power. Inside, a gold glitter runway snakes around the exotic garden’s palm and banana trees. And as David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel pounds through the speakers, the show begins…
Inspired by the iconic 1980s TV drama Dynasty, this season the Plein woman exudes all the brazen attitude of Alexis Colby with an injection of glam-rock. Bright-coloured 70’s style hair and glitter nails, she is a force to be reckoned with: strong and sexy in sequin suits, palm-leaf embellished bombers and hoodies, studded denim mini-skirts, skin-tight leather trousers, carrying a transparent PVC bag and wearing metallic skull stilettoes.
Holding their own next to these goddesses, the men are equally bold. Whether bare-chested like Dynasty hunks or dressed in dollar-bill print shirts and suits, turquoise tailored python biker jackets, sequined shawl-collared tuxedos and embellished cowboy hats, these are fun-loving playboys who also mean business.
Elsewhere, there is a new women’s focus on elegant, sophisticated eveningwear: cue a capsule collection of ultra-luxe gowns for exclusive red carpet events. It’s not all flowing chiffon and lace bodices, though: true to the rock’n’roll spirit of Philipp Plein, there are large leopard prints, python-style sequinning, flesh-revealing panels and a biker jacket ball gown. From coiffured head to high-heeled toe, it’s a statement of strength and seduction.
But even these women need a break from power dressing. Reflecting the natural surroundings of the Plein villa, the collection has a softer, more romantic side with floral patterns decorating denim dungarees, military-style jackets and silk flared trousers. Looser shapes and fuller volumes give a fluid, relaxed 70s feel, revealing a quieter confidence.