• Photography Sara Cimino
  • Text Alex Baker
  • 18th June 2017


Munich born designer Philipp Plein went pedal-to-the-metal for SS18 with his modern Grease re-work. Theatrical, yes. But putting on a show for his collections is something Plein is renowned for – just think back to his past shows, which have included everything from classical concerts to circus performers.

Like a human reflection of the custom muscle car scene, models were visually transformed into quiffed boys and permed girls, veritable Grease characters for a modern age. As they walked, fifteen supercars (think Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and a metallic McLaren) raced around a track while performers executed a live rendition of Greased Lightning.

The collection comprised seemingly endless separates, an overarching opportunity for mixing, matching and styling. Heavy use of studding and embellishments gave garments attitude and rockabilly whimsy with flames, car prints and lightning bolts. Accessorising the models were teddy boy haircuts and cigarette packets rolled under the t-shirt sleeves – living in the Philipp Plein fast lane, these modern versions put Rizzo and Danny to shame.