Robots: they took’r jerbs! Or at least, drones stood in for live models at Dolce & Gabbana’s runway during Milan fashion week, floating handbags above the heads of awed onlookers. The series of seven bags, entitled ‘Devotion,’ debuted during the ‘Secrets & Diamonds’ evening wear event. The drones looked like tiny helicopters topped by dim lightbulbs, buzzing through the room like oversized insects while handlers in white lab coats hovered nearby in case of a problem.
But the show went off without a hitch, and models didn’t lose their jobs after all, streaming in behind the drones to showcase the design house’s collection of Autumn/Winter 2018 garments. Or at least, we think they were human. Humanoid robots haven’t quite achieved this level of realistic detail just yet.
The drone show by Dolce & Gabbana comes just days after Gucci shocked audiences with some of their most avant-garde accessories yet: severed heads. In a space designed to look like an operating room at a hospital, models sauntered down the runway holding replicas of their own noggins, or in other cases lizards, snakes and even a baby dragon. What does it mean? Who knows, but at least the clothes were beautiful.