As insular as the fashion world can seem at times, collections aren’t created in a bubble. Whether it’s a classic movie character providing the template for each look on the runway or a memorable quote that makes its way onto the back of an embroidered jacket, countless references are interwoven into each show.
And Fall 2016 was no different. Here, take a look back at the movies, albums, plays, and personalities who provided the spark behind some of the season’s best looks.
Marc Jacobs: Beetlejuice
Lady Gaga may have made headlines for appearing on Marc Jacobs’s runway, but she wasn’t the muse Jacobs had in mind when crafting his Fall collection. Giving a nod to Winona Ryder’s iconic role as goth teen Lydia Deetz helped give the show its edge.
Vetements: Beverly Hills, 90210 and Interview With the Vampire
Is there a Netflix queue more influential than Demna Gvasalia’s? The Vetements designer has never shied away from paying tribute to his favorite ’90s flicks—last season’s sold-out Titanic sweatshirt is a testament to that. Fall found Gvasalia looking back to the era’s bad-boy characters, with direct quotes from 90210’s Dylan McKay and Anne Rice’s vampire antihero Lestat de Lioncourt emblazoned on hoodies.
The bold messages of Alexander Wang’s Fall hats and sweaters echoed the look and typeface of artist Barbara Kruger’s pithy collage work. Though Wang chose individual words like girl and strict rather than a direct message, the result was just as subversive.
Kim Kardashian West
As photogenic social media superstars, Kim Kardashian West and Olivier Rousteing are kindred spirits. The designer has already featured Kardashian West in advertising, posed alongside her on Instagram, and provided her with some of her wildest looks, so it was only a matter of time before KKW served as the impetus behind an entire collection.
Fall was the season of the Bowie reference, but few pulled it off as subtly as Burberry. Christopher Bailey and team paid tribute to the Ziggy Stardust era with appropriate reverence, covering models’ faces in glittery tears created by Wendy Rowe backstage.
Dolce & Gabbana
It takes a fantasy world to pull Dolce & Gabbana away from Sicily, and Disney provided several. With Snow White, Cinderella, and Ariel among their muses, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana turned out one unrepentantly pretty dress after another.
The Addams Family
Fenty x Puma
Is Morticia Addams the ultimate bad gal? Rihanna seems to think so, comparing her Fenty x Puma collaboration to the kinds of sporty wares the Addams Family matriarch might wear if she ever hit the gym. Even Bella Hadid’s slinky laced-up number looked like something pulled directly from Anjelica Huston’s wardrobe in the 1991 film based on the original TV series.
The Winter’s Tale
On the surface, Shakespeare and Topshop might seem like an unlikely pairing, but the romantic spirit of the Bard’s comedy fit well with the high-street mainstay’s ultrafeminine collection—the dresses covered in painted scenes from the play were especially lovely.
The Life of Pablo
Yeezy Season 3
The fact that Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 presentation was part album listening, part performance art piece, part immersive fashion experience meant that West’s Life of Pablo served as both the soundtrack and the companion piece to the collection. Can you even wear a bodysuit beneath a frayed sweater at this point without humming along to “Waves”?
While it’s hard to imagine Nicolas Ghesquière crouched over a PlayStation console, the designer has an affinity for gaming heroines, enlisting Final Fantasy’s Lightning for Vuitton’s Spring campaign and name-checking Lara Croft backstage during the Fall show.
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