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.
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.
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?
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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