To showcase his latest collection, Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader returned to video format. From the star-studded casting, to putting body-inclusivity at the heart of the clothes, here’s everything you need to know about Mugler’s spring/summer 2022 collection.
The film was shot outdoors for the first time
The film was shot by Torso, a long-time collaborator of Cadwallader, between Paramount Studios and the streets of LA. “The desire to get outside was a factor this season,” says the designer. “But the different layers of indoor and outdoor made it even more strange and iconic simultaneously. And the ’90s limo was in reference to Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”
The star-studded cast will blow your mind
The film flits from one icon to another, featuring Megan Thee Stallion (with whom Cadwallader recently collaborated on her latest music video), Chloë Sevigny, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Lola Leon, Bella Hadid, Adut Akech, and Dominique Jackson, to name a few. “We had the thought about bringing together friends – like Amber and Shalom – and it was so fun seeing their dynamic on set – they offered to kiss each other,” the designer excitedly tells British Vogue. “The scene which cuts from the billboard of Meg to Chloë on the street is also a fantasy come true.”
Body inclusivity is always at the heart of Mugler
The collection explores slickness and transparency, all underpinned by a ’90s, modernist vibe. But at the core of the Mugler brand is inclusivity – the pieces are made to fit all types of bodies. “It’s something our team works really hard on – our fit models are curvy, so when we build clothes with that architecture in mind, it translates into production,” explains the designer. “We’ve been selling a high number of larger sizes, and when I see curvy women wearing the clothes on my Instagram account, it’s amazing.”
Larger-than-life hoop earrings were a standout accessory
“They were a wild little project inspired by a Torso reference,” says Cadwallader. “There’s [been] a long discussion about whether or not they’ll go into production, but a lot of people are asking about them.” Of course they are.
Movement direction was everything
As always with Mugler films, movement direction was integral to the final outcome. Traci Young-Byron, an accomplished movement director from Atlanta, is responsible for the seamless sashaying captured in the clip. “Instead of working with someone who’s solely focused on fashion, we wanted a movement director, like Tracey, that understands performance, especially for the part with Meg,” explains Cadwallader.
This artcle was originally published on Vogue UK.