Philipp Plein turned heads at Milan Fashion Week for all the wrong reasons.
The German designer mounted a runway show that was intended to pay “tribute” to the late basketball legend, however, many thought the display was in poor taste. First, there were the bedazzled Lakers jerseys with Bryant’s number but Plein’s name. But perhaps most shocking of all were the gold-plated helicopters sandwiching the catwalk.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Olivia Culpo walked in the show and Tyga performed.
Following backlash, the designer released a statement alleging that the choppers were a design detail planned back in November, prior to the tragic helicopter crash which claimed the lives of both Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
“I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them,” Plein told USA Today.
We’re not too convinced, especially after seeing that the “Plein 24” jerseys are retailing online for over 3K. The designer made a $20,000 donation to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation and promises that profits from the capsule collection will likewise be donated to the foundation – although failed to specify how much. TBH, it reeks of a shameless PR grab.
If Plein’s – an increasingly irrelevant designer – intentions were to garner headlines, well… mission accomplished.