Can Someone Tell Me What Is Happening In This Fashion Show From Hell?

These photos from German designer Irene Luft's Berlin Fashion Week show have ascended from the fiery pits of Hell and lodged themselves firmly in my brain, where I shall be haunted for evermore.

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Until this moment, my vision board for Hell was the underworld in Hercules and whatever I can recall from Dante's Inferno (hint: not much). This is no longer the case: These photos from German designer Irene Luft's Berlin Fashion Week show have ascended from the fiery pits of Hell and lodged themselves firmly in my brain, where they shall haunt me for evermore.

Don't get me wrong, the clothes are gorgeous! It's just kind of hard to concentrate on anything other than the utterly chilling mesh contact lenses that all of the models wore to walk in the show on January 15. The models wore their hair pulled back into tight buns, and black lines painted on either side of their face, from their eyelids to their hairline—and the effect, well. I don't know that words do this justice, so here's just the first part of the process:

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I'm sorry! Really, I am. But you clicked on this. You knew what you were getting into. Here's the next stage.

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Ohhhh no. Nonono.

But we're not done yet!

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I'll give you a little break from these cursed images to show you this photo of a model's hair, slicked back into a ponytail so tight it must cause one hell of a headache.

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Feeling better? Okay, here's the final product.

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Now that you've stared pure horror in the face, how about some more?

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Anyway. Now that I simultaneously want to vomit, cry, and confess all of my sins, I'll leave you to it! Have a wonderful day!!

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Jenny Hollander
Digital Director

Jenny is the Digital Director at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless. Her first novel, EVERYONE WHO CAN FORGIVE ME IS DEAD, will be published by Minotaur Books on February 6, 2024.