I don’t even know what to say. This collection. I just. I just. THIS collection is the SH***, ya’ll!
Yeah, I’ve said this before, but this time I’m saying it with my jaw on the floor. Leave it to McQueen, the veritable enfant terrible of fashion to pull off a real show. And I mean a SHOW. And it’s not just the beyond brilliant designs, crazy constructions and innovative silhouettes, it’s…like I said, it’s the fact that this man knows how to entertain–and make fashion editors visibly angry, confused and outraged. This is why I love him. Call this show whatever you want, but it certainly wasn’t boring. Is it any wonder why mashups of Marilyn Manson and “Vogue” blared as models whipped down the catwalk flashing painted faces seemingly made up by the makeup artist on set for Bamboozled? Is it any wonder why the show incorporated garbage and broken glass with couture? This défilé was like theater of the absurd on acid. Even better: Virginia Woolf meets Derelict. Wait, is that redundant?
McQueen, never one for a subtle statement, throws it all out there, BIG TIME: this is the absurdity of fashion. And that’s not an overstatement. Parodies of classic looks, literally parodies people, filed down the runway as spectators looked on in disbelief. Whoops, there goes Dior’s New Look, and wait, is that Givenchy’s little black dress?
Is this the “fashion is dead” statement we’ve all been waiting for?All during a global economic downturn no less? Seems a bit too predictable for McQueen to me. And from the look of the garments, I’d say they were anything but lifeless.
I don’t know about all aspects of the industry, but I sure hope McQueen sticks around until a ripe old age if he keeps up this kind of offense. If fashion is indeed dead, let’s hope it is the resident enfant terrible who revives it.
Alexander: you are my hero.
This whole situation is such a cliché…the turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity. —A.M.
In all its glory: http://content.coutorture.com/2912484