The Most Action-Packed Fashion Week In History

Fall 2011 may have been the most action-packed Fashion Week in the history of action-packed Fashion Weeks:

So says Hint Mag. Why?

Dominatrix Effect: for fall several designers dove headfirst into the dungeon, sending out a seemingly endless parade of fashion dominatrixes outfitted for every taste imaginable. These ranged from Maison Martin Margiela’s intellectual doms, who’ll read Heidegger in German while whipping you into submission, to the army of Lady Gaga clones at Mugler. Junya Watanabe made a break from his usual brainy antics to delve into the dark side with molded corsetry and suggestive leather.

The End Is Near: Maybe it was spring’s upbeat mood and vibrant hues, but several designers turned altogether gloomy for fall, to the point of doomsday morose. At least they provided some options for our imminent demise. These ranged from medieval alien invaders at Gareth Pugh, with their dramatic proportions and stiff armor for wiping out the human race and still making it in time for cocktails, to Ann Demeulemeester’s post-apocalyptic she-warriors—or Thunderdome gone glam. Treading on familiar ground but with newfound sophistication, Rick Owens sent out a series of stoned-faced nuns in habits and angel-winged shoulders.

Drag Race
: Blame James Franco or Lea T., but everyone seemed to have gender bending on their mind for fall, borrowing codes and proportions from the other sex. Just look at Comme des Garçons’ strangely alluring half-man, half-woman combos—very Victor Victoria—or Stefano Pilati’s knock-out ode to sixties Yves Saint Laurent, with its tidy tweeds, car coats, and just a touch of Sapphic chic. But our vote for best gender transformation goes to Hakaan, who transitioned seamlessly from body-con slut dresses to pleated pants, oversized blazers, and sheer tees that would look equally great on Lea or James.

Maison Martin Margiela, Gareth Pugh, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Comme des Garçons accessories and fragrances are exclusive to 4.

Junya Watanabe Fall 11

Comme des Garcons Fall 11

Ann Demeulemeester Fall 11

Gareth Pugh Fall 11

Maison Martin Margiela Fall 11

Read the original blog post here on Hint.