But Saturday's debut ready-to-wear 2015 spring-summer catwalk show from Georgian-born designer David Koma will silence critics — it was a success.
The house said it wanted to go back to the pure clothes design (presumably, this means away from the Lady Gaga-like hysteria) and this spring-summer show was just that.
Guests met with a pared-down catwalk, sanitized stage — as if to say, this is no spectacle, this is about the designs.
With an almost couture-like finesse, Koma brought the Mugler woman back to the structured, sexy yet demure esthetic for which it is famed. (Mugler was, after all, responsible for that Demi Moore dress in "Indecent Proposal.")
Luxuriant graphic tuxedos in navy and black as well as sharp-edged white sporty dresses featured alongside silver snaking bands coiling around the body near slits, exposed midriffs and necks.
This Mugler woman — it seemed to say — will not have to sacrifice style to be sexy.
Then came the fire: flashes of flame red on a sporty vest, a lengthy figure-hugging pencil skirt, or flame print licking the breasts of a model in a bright, bold diabolical sheath.
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