MILAN--Catwalk models could face new competition in the form of fashion presenters that are slimmer, lighter and can float on air.

Drones were used at a fashion show here to carry the handbags of Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana on Feb. 25.

Rhizomatiks Co., a Japanese team of engineers, and the fashion house joined forces to fuse technology and fashion in showing the brand’s autumn/winter women’s collection during Milan Fashion Week.

With music in the background, eight drones glided up and down the catwalk and eventually lined up behind each other.

The mechanical set caused a stir among the audience. Some expressed concerns that the unmanned aerial machines could steal jobs from runway models.

After the drones left the stage, flesh-and-blood models strutted down the catwalk to present the latest collections.