It seems that all other designers have been asked to step aside as Mugler and creative director Casey Cadwallader seem to be finishing off some of fashion's heavy lifting. As we have all been witnessing since the brand's resurgence in 2018, Mugler have finally inched their way to full royalty status and with AW21; have taken the reigns.
For this season, we have still come to see everything that we know and love about Mugler – a framework that has only been made stronger with a new perspective. The AW21 collection embodies what we have no come to recognise as the Mugler signature; rooted in the body-con, hyper-real, couturier athleisure glory that has become all its own. Spliced in with denim, neons and some of Casey Cadwallader's market treasures; looks that were finished with gold snake chains.
In the realm of outerwear, the trench coats were big as were the shoulders that carried them. Broadened, ill proportioned and exaggerated – just when we thought the Mugler couldn't get any fiercer, Casey Cadwallader was still making his case. Accompanied by a futuristic and bewitching film presentation, Mugler had us mesmerised with another stellar line up of icons in its casting including Bella Hadid, Lourdes Leon and 90s supermodel Amber Valletta.
The digital video presentation was everything you would expect from this shining new coming of age that is prime time for Mugler. Offering itself up as more of an experience than a regular fashion show; every shot was curated and eclectically well-staged, along with the show's soundtrack with Tinashe, Amaarae and Maureen which added the final touches. Key moments included the enchanting snake-inspired chain bodices, neon rashies that take us back and the unmistakable Mugler stocking which never loses its touch.