by Stephen Garner

In 1999, a 21-year-old determined law student with a vision walked into the German patent office and trademarked his company. That man was Philipp Plein. Today, 20-years later, the Plein Group remains 100 percent independent and boasts over 200 stores worldwide. It’s been an incredible journey of unparalleled success and growth. But it is only just the beginning…

To celebrate this 20th anniversary milestone, Philipp Plein presents a very special autumn/winter 2019 show. Famed for staging extravagant, large-scale spectaculars, this season he unveils a more intimate, personal moment. Returning to the lavish surroundings of the Palazzo Clerici – one of the first locations for a Plein show – and in front of an exclusive crowd of 260 guests, this is a stripped-back experience, marking a new era in the Philipp Plein story.

Autumn/winter puts the focus sharply on strong tailoring. Following a performance by Brandon Flowers from rock band The Killers, a cast of skinheads – including a guest appearance by martial arts legend Donnie Yen – pound down the runway in an array of close-cut suiting. The message is pumped-up luxury with jackets decorated in star patterns, camouflage, animal prints, zig-zag sequins and dazzling jewels. Refreshing this elegant sartorial world with some attitude, suits are worn with high-top sneakers, tartan shirts tied around the waist and oversized puffer coats in shiny metallics, bright reds and blues. The result is an energetic, punkish take on modern smart dressing.

This season, Plein has also launched a see-now-buy-now Scarface capsule collection. T-shirts emblazoned with the snarling face of Tony Montana – the film’s iconic anti-hero played by Al Pacino – appear throughout the show, alongside other limited-edition pieces like bomber jackets and hoodies.