Fetish fans dancing at the 10th Annual Fetish & Fantasy Ball in 2005. (via Getty)
This past week, as Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week
unfolded above ground, fetish fashion week thrived, um, down below.
," a ticketed fashion show held in the Berlin subways, featured models dressed entirely in leather S&M suits, men wearing metallic flaps (covering their jewels), and women swathed in neon tulle hanging from the metro's rails.
Around 600 people showed up for the outrageous event, including Micaela Schaefer
, a German reality TV star who is, apparently, allergic to fabric and is always almost nude. She wore a Marilyn Monroe-
inspired outfit, made entirely of artificial blonde hair, and performed a burlesque number. "Because of the special location, models pretty much walk across people's laps," event director Alexander van Hessen told Reuters. "There's loud music blasting, it's pretty wild and colourful,"
Aside from the the more risque runway pieces, the underground show also gave up-and-coming designers a space to show their wares without having to shell out for a tent.
Could you imagine if this happened during New York Fashion Week? We can't say we'd mind. Unless, of course, we (and everyone else in the city) were running late to work.