Mugler’s designer, David Koma was inspired by his favorite Western film featuring Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinole for his Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. Koma commented on the film in a backstage interview with WWD saying, “They are so strong and rebellious, but feminine and sensual at the same time.”
Western influences were apparent in the collection through Koma’s use of denim, corsets, and cowboy boots.
This was the opening look for the show and it set the stage for the rest of the collection. This denim corseted jumpsuit and black and silver cowboy boots screamed “Western influences” and fit the model perfectly.
Mugler featured accentuated waistlines using thick belts to achieve the look of a corset. The black leather corset top featured above is genius, as we are used to seeing corsets in satin or other more conventional fabrics.
Koma also showed that he isn’t afraid of color or pattern, delving into yellow and prints for the second half of the collection. The yellow, brown, and nude patterned bodysuit featured above can’t be an easy look to pull off but Joan Smalls makes it look effortless.
The Mugler show closed with this plunging one piece that is every girl’s dream power suit. The jumpsuit was belted at the waist, continuing to draw on Koma’s love for corsets and accentuated waistlines.
The Western inspiration for the show placed an interesting twist on Mugler’s classic, polished style.