Runway Report: Markus Lupfer Fall 2015

While fashion month is always a figurative zoo, German-born, London-based designer Markus Lupfer, just turned it into a literal one. Known and loved for his witty novelty print knitwear and playfully patterned ready-to-wear, he took his fall/winter 2015 presentation to the next level with – drum roll please – IRL baby bunnies.

Set in London’s opulent Carlton House Terrace, Lupfer transformed the beautiful white and ornately gold trimmed room into a woodland wonderland. Tree branches, flowers and bunches of carrots (natch) hung from the ceiling, encircling the jewel-tone clad models in an ethereal secret garden. The floating flora and fauna were translated into the collection through Lupfer’s graphic-print skater dresses, parkas and bomber jackets layered over long-sleeve mock-turtleneck tops – a more sophisticated take on the designer’s typical whimsical aesthetic.

There was no shortage of humor however, as the models, some of which spent the presentation perched on swings, were busy wearing cat ears, hand-embellished beanies, and oversized geometric sunglasses inset with pop-art flowers. Lupfer’s bejeweled dresses and sparkly holographic skirts were paired with equally glittery, floral-adorned sneakers, dubbed by the designer as ‘forbidden forest footwear’. The models’ relaxed middle parted hair and fresh-faced, mascara-heavy makeup added to the collection’s youthful, effortless appeal.

Now, excuse us as we go adopt some baby bunnies and string flowers from our ceiling. What happens at fashion week doesn’t have to stay at fashion week, right?

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Naomi Nachmani is a Toronto-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle freelance writer. She has a penchant for history, travelling, books and The Bachelor, and believes strongly in the value of emojis. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @naominachmani