MFW: Designers Are Still Really into Pyrotechnic Runways

There are only a few reasons why you’d want to put very expensive models wearing very expensive clothes crafted from your own blood, sweat, and tears in proximity to burning cars or a literal ring of fire: to create a prehistoric/dystopian atmosphere; to distract the audience from scrutinizing the more haphazardly constructed looks; as an excuse to keep some hot Italian pompieri on hand.

Man may have built modern civilization on the discovery of fire, but even as he’s traded his loincloth for Tom Ford, he hasn’t forgotten the thrill of through-the-roof insurance rates, singed hair, and third-degree burns. Perhaps for this primal attraction above all other explanations, evolved homo sapiens Roberto Cavalli and Philipp Plein both outfitted their Fall 2014 show spaces with pyrotechnics, which lent a dark Olympics feel to one venue and an end-of-the-world hoedown vibe to another. If this concept seems familiar, you might be thinking of (a) Beyoncé or (b) Givenchy Spring 2014, for which Riccardo Tisci did a smoldering pileup.

Feast your eyeballs on Naomi Campbell, blazing automobiles, and hypnotic, combusting water features below, and ponder this really morbid — yet fascinating! — question: If there actually was a conflagration, which editors would make it out first?

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