McQueen brings style revolution
Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 9:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — British designer Alexander McQueen gave evolution a helping hand, unveiling a radical new silhouette combining hourglass hips with androgynously slim legs in his spring-summer collection in Paris on Friday.
With the debate over skinny models still unresolved, it seemed unlikely that women’s bodies will naturally morph into this kind of shape anytime soon.
For the time being, they will have to rely on the padding that underlaid his thigh-grazing molded dresses, which came in jewel-colored satin or heavily encrusted with mineral looking crystals that sparkled like a million stars.
Guests including supermodel Naomi Campbell gathered at a morgue-turned-artist residency in northeast Paris, where models emerged between a Noah’s Ark of life-sized stuffed animals that underlined McQueen’s evolution theme.
A skintight sheath with cutout panels at the hips featured a black-and-white vertebra print on the back and a skull-like pattern on the chest, recalling the skeleton suitcase he designed for luggage maker Samsonite last year.
The designer’s Gothic sense of romance also came through in a dramatic black frock coat in paper-thin leather, which was worn over a sheer top with tattoo-style flower embroidery and leather treggings tucked into dominatrix heels.
There was lightness too, in the rainbow colored marble prints and a flapper dress in silk fringes dyed from black through gray into white. Throughout, McQueen’s sense of proportion and embellishment was exquisite.
Lest the mood get too pensive, the designer took his bow dressed in a rabbit suit.
Published in The Messenger 10.7.08