Philipp Plein never invited to fashion shows

Philipp Plein was clueless when he staged his first fashino show because he'd never been invited to one.

Philipp Plein never invited to fashion shows

Philipp Plein has never been invited to a fashion show.

The 39-year-old designer admitted he "didn't have a clue" what to do when he first showcased his creations with a catwalk event because he's never experienced the style extravaganza's first-hand as an audience member.

He said: "I've never been to any fashion show by myself.

"I've never been invited to any. So I don't know how it really is to go to a fashion show.

"I started as an outsider to the fashion industry, and from the beginning, I didn't have any clue how to set one up. So we just did it our way."

And Philipp compared his shows to a "happy funeral", because they signal the end of one collection and the beginning of a new one for him.

He added to BBC News: "A fashion show is a bit like a happy funeral.

"You work so hard for months on putting a show together, and then the moment you reveal the collection to the public, you've buried it, because then you have to start working on a new one."

The German-born designer doesn't worry about having to seek inspiration for his creations because he can get ideas from anything from a game of chess to an interesting piece of wallpaper.

He said: "Inspirations are everywhere. Some people say 'I go to India, I go here, I go there' - that's all [rubbish].

"You can have inspiration watching television at home, reading a book or playing chess.

"You could see wallpaper and say 'that's a great print for a dress'. Or you could see a painting and say wow, I like the colour combination.

"You have to be open-minded."

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