Planes, Trains and Go-Karts: Transportation's Trending for Fall

Kenzo Fall 2012
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Kenzo Fall 2012.

Walking is so Spring 2012.

Karlie Kloss and company may have legs that go on for days, but this season, they didn’t have occasion to use them all that much. Instead, all manner of transportation, from moving sidewalks to escalators to a vintage train, ferried the models from point A to point B. Guess there was no point in spending hours perfecting that runway walk, huh, ladies?

We should have seen this coming when Karl Lagerfeld, ever the trend igniter, put models on a plane for his first-class Chanel Couture outing in January. It was the best fashion-aviation linkup since Pucci met Braniff Airlines. Of course, the Kaiser has moved on to consulting his crystals, but transportation remains a big trend for fall—even bigger, perhaps, than obscuring your face with a mask and/or cowl.

At Viktor & Rolf, each girl entered on a conveyer belt, only her silhouette visible alongside a giant projection of a full moon, while Kenzo's far-flung location boasted escalators from which each model rode onto the runway. Designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon even took their bows on the escalator. Meanwhile, at PPQ, models strolled alongside bicycles (presumably, the Sartorialist was salivating somewhere.)

Then there were the go-karts at Kanye West. Nothing to distract from a lukewarm critical reception like a fleet of models in every amusement park's ride of choice! Post-show, Anna Dello Russo, Kim Kardashian, and West himself hopped onto the souped-up vehicles. While his skills with a seam may still be up for debate, 'Ye sure knows how to make an exit.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2012

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2012

And this morning at Louis Vuitton, a huffing, puffing locomotive dropped the models off at their destination; talk about traveling in style. They even had uniformed porters to schlep their logo'ed luggage to and fro. (This isn't the first time Marc Jacobs let his models take a load off; at the Fall 2011 Vuitton show, Kate Moss and her cohorts boarded elevators.)

Laziness for Fall 2012? Now here's a trend we can get behind.