It’s Mugatu!

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Mugatu has finally taken over fashion week so the Prime Minister of Malaysia better watch out because Alexander McQueen is sending model assassins down the Runway during Paris Fashion Week Fall 2009.   McQueen’s satire of fashion past and present can only be described as NYmag.com puts it, oh so derelicte.  The runway snaked around a junk pile of past McQueen sets and affixed with saran wraps, nylon resembling garbage bags and wheel rims, the models look like hot messes, in the most artistic way possible.runway-of-mcqueen

The make up for the show was inspired by clowns, divas and Pierrot, with a little bit of Joan Crawford thrown in, as told by Peter Phillips who did the make up for the show.

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But in all this madness there was method– the mad method there usually is with McQueen (see 1995’s “Highland Rape” collection in which “brutalized” woman walked down the runway in disheveled hair and tattered lace in reference to the ravaging of Scotland by England.)  McQueen said before his show, “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.”  In this non commercial, purely artistic collection, McQueen pokes direct fun at past hot-ticket items like Givenchy’s (where he formally worked) Little Black Audrey Hepburn dress and Dior’s New Look, and as my friend Allie references, clear jabs at Chanel.  To me, this is totally refreshing.  Very rarely do you see this kind of fashionable art, except in couture shows.  But hey, not all designers can afford to do this.  Not everyone has a hit line debuting at Target (new things added weekly- hint: don’t get the jumpsuit, tres-gas station, I learned the hard way) that has already been referenced in March’s Vogue “Index” story.

A little McQueen history courtesy of the NYTimes

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March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Fashion.

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