What’s up with Kylie Jenner’s lion head?
Fashion entrepreneur and celebrity influencer Kylie Jenner stole the show at the Schiaparelli couture show in Paris when she arrived in a black velvet strapless gown, complete with life-size lion head.
More than just an attempt to attract attention, the fashion is a pre-release piece from the leading fashion house’s Spring-Summer 2023 couture collection.
The hyper-realistic fake lion head (complete with manicured mane) covered almost all of Jenner’s body. She completed her look with a pair of black Schiaparelli shoes with golden embossed patterns.
Immediately after taking his seat, Jenner’s ‘lion’ appeared on the runway with a series of other animal groups.
The collection was inspired by Dante’s “Inferno” and a metaphor for the doubts and difficulties of the creative journey that all artists experience, writes creative director Daniel Roseberry.
Taking inspiration from three types of animals that appear in 14th-century poetry, Roseberry reimagines the leopard, lion and she-wolf in a collection that symbolizes lust, vanity and greed, respectively.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell sported a boxy black faux fur coat with a wolf head on the left shoulder, while Canadian model Shalom Harlow wore a dress with a snow leopard head on the chest.
All designs are crafted entirely by hand from foam resin and other man-made materials.
However, even though Schiaparelli stated that the designs were “faux-taxidermy, ” the visuals were still difficult for social media users who found the collection difficult to appreciate.
But for Roseberry, if the costumes are frightening, then they’re doing a good job.
“Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso: One cannot exist without the other,” he concluded in the show notes.
“It is a reminder that there is no heaven without hell, no joy without sorrow, no ecstasy of creation without doubt,” he added.