Bella Hadid Turns Stuntwoman To Model Mugler’s New “High Impact, High Drama” Collection
From gilded Pegasus to stunt double: Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader has once again tasked Bella Hadid with pushing the boundaries of what a model can be. For part two of his Mugler spring/summer 2021 season, Casey also invited Hunter Schafer, Soo Joo Park, Alek Wek and Irina Shayk, among others, along for the high-octane ride.
If the first drop, showcased via a fantastical CGI film in October, was a powerful display of the creativity that can still abound in the absence of fashion week, the second seeks to disrupt the traditional runway format. Hadid and co present Cadwallader’s latest second-skin tops bifurcated with illusion tulle, jeans spliced with silhouette-enhancing Lycra, and “naked” dresses shimmering with iridescent crystal appliqué while flipping, strutting, and almost moonwalking through a dark video format. With a throbbing soundtrack, the film is enough to make you grab your opera gloves (a Cadwallader obsession), and start vogueing in your living room.
“I think everyone is just dying to get out, so I wanted to give people clothes that make them dream of that possibility, and to prepare them for when they actually can do something,” says Casey. The American designer, whose fan list reads like a pop music hall of fame, maintains that the semi-sheer tops and leggings beloved by Beyoncé, J Lo and Dua Lipa are to bring “high impact and high drama” to everyone’s wardrobes, not just those on the world stage. “I don’t want Mugler to be exclusively high-end and for a single body type,” he asserts. “For me, fabric technology has always been key… So much of Mugler is about making sure that the clothes aren’t restrictive, and that different curves can fit the garments in different ways.”