Zaha Hadid

Behind the Set of Fashion Week

Many of the designers showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 incorporated intricate sets to showcase their fall lines. The bold color palettes and textural elements of their designs are further enhanced through the incorporation of these elaborate sets. Award-winning architect Zaha Hadid adds a sense of playfulness and whimsy to the streamlined designs of Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel.


Architect Zaha Hadid for Karl Lagerfeld with Chanel


Other designers remove their work from the starkness of a white runway and add dimension through color, texture, and even reflection. Whether it’s to enhance the expressive lines of the design or to create a powerful back-drop, the sets of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 are something that no spectator could miss. In some instances, these sets stole the show! Enjoy the runway highlights!


Sculptor Rachel Feinstein for Marc Jacobs

Chris Benz

Prabal Gurung

Band of Outsiders

Cynthia Rowley


Jason Wu

All Hail Hadid

Zaha Hadid was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100, Forbes magazines 100 Most Powerful Women and New Statesman’s 50 Most Influential Figures in the World.  Born in Baghdad, educated in Beirut and London, Hadid is an architectural giant.  In 2004, she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26 year history.  This past year her London based firm won the Stirling prize for the Evelyn Grace Academy school in Brixton, London, opened the Guangzhou, China, opera house and completed the Riverside Museum in Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde.

Here is video of the opening of Hadid’s spectacular opera house in China.