Runways Gone Wild: The Most Over-the-Top Looks from Fashion Month

From Lady Gaga's catwalk cameo to the massive gold headgear at The Blonds, here are some of the most memorable (not always in a good way) looks from the past month in fashion.

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From Lady Gaga's catwalk cameo to the massive gold headgear at The Blonds, here are some of the most memorable (not always in a good way) looks from the past month in fashion. First up: the opulent, Asian-themed show by the Blonds.
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The Blonds always put on a spectacle -- attended by no small number of front row stars -- but this season at times felt more like a street parade for Chinese New Year than a fashion show.
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Seeing a model smoke a cigarette on a runway as high-octane as that of Louis Vuitton's is one thing, but the rare appearance of Moss on the runway, in hot pants no less, was quite another.
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Lady Gaga herself also walked a runway at Paris Fashion Week -- Thierry Mugler's, a line fronted by her friend and stylist, Nicola Formichetti. We imagine she practiced, as she stomped out the competition atop the collection's treacherous, seven-inch heels with ease.
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At Thierry Mugler, models and performers marched down the runway with shock-white "hair horns," for lack of a better description. Most appeared to be glued on, but some seemed to be models' actual hair.
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Marchesa cited Miss Havisham as an inspiration for the fall collection, and the presentation captured the sentiment with eery lighting from below, and diaphanous layers of tulle reminiscent of uber-luxe cobwebs.
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Jen Kao's runway was a peacock-hued cornucopia of color and textures, but the combination of a patchwork fur coat and a watery blue-and-green dress was the most extravagant.
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Isaac Mizrahi's show at Exit Art coincided with the Westminster Dog Show, but lest anyone be afraid to miss it, the designer cleverly accessorized his rich-lady looks with standard poodles on leashes.
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Anyone who watches fashion knows to expect the unexpected at Vivienne Westwood, but we were taken aback—gleefully so, of course—not with the designer's over-the-top ready-to-wear, but the battle-ready, jewel-encrusted helmets that hid models' faces, almost completely.
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The fantasy of Chanel is kept alive by Karl Lagerfeld's endless imagination—only a master could concoct a whimsical pair of feathered pants and suddenly make any such thing on the top half seem tired.
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Oh, look, it's Armani—literally. The designer created a moving self-portrait in the form of a velvet tunic for his fall collection, lest one was unsure of the label.
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Neither a bird, nor a plane, it was super woman—a bedazzled one, at that—pink pigtails and ruby slippers on monstrously high platforms at Jeremy Scott.
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The Betsey Johnson runway is another carnival of high fashion, and this season was no different—in a scene seemingly stolen from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, models in hot pants toted gigantic blossoms.
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Christopher Kane's bodycon sheath dress had a bodice seemingly fashioned from plastic and molded to the model's torso, filled with oily, saturated dyes.
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Dolce & Gabbana took gamine to a whole new level, except their cross-dressed ladies got the pleasure of jewel-toned, disco-dazzled sequined overcoats with their three-piece suits.
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On VPL's runway, however, models were anything but covered up: The slinky separates were only covered by structured mesh.
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A fur dress, anyone? In addition to woolly mammoth chubbies and floor-sweeping overcoats, Just Cavalli showed off an unusually demure and gloriously impractical minidress—a vixen in sheep's clothing, perhaps?
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We're not sure what's more amazing about the gold, spiky shoes at menswear designer Marlon Gobel's Fall 2011 show: That they looked like they could do some serious damage, or that they were actually made by Christian Louboutin.
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Elie Tahari had a "white swan" moment on the runway of his Fall 2011 show, giving the models on the runway white feathery toppers.
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