Philipp Plein

There was no Rita Ora emerging out of a burning car or Theophilus London
atop a Jet Ski, but at a recent showroom presentation of Philipp Plein‘s
Resort ’15 offering, what was lacking in pageantry was counterbalanced by
the designer’s more-is-more credo in full force. Pop Art irreverence got
a big nod here: Pair upon pair of Lichtenstein-esque crimson lips studded
pieces from jeans to jackets to gowns. “Drunk in Love” and “J’Adore
Plein!” they cried through speech bubbles. Those pouts were mostly
crafted in crystal; it seems likely that Swarovski also “adores Plein,”
who could perhaps single-handedly keep the Austrian brand in the black
with his love of all things encrusted. Here that included velour neon
tracksuits embellished with his signature skull. Elsewhere the designer
served up pieces with a bubblegum punk flair, like generous zipper
accents alongside a flouncy mini, acid-hued leather bolos, and fitted
moto jackets with ample cutouts on the sleeves. This delivery is poised
to hit stores not long after Plein’s first New York boutique bows on
Madison Avenue in September; only time will tell if these pieces resonate
as lucratively with Manhattanites as they do Muscovites and Miamians.
—Kristin Anderson
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