2007 October 5

Alexander McQueen - Paris Fashion Week Spring 2008

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(PARIS) The children of Issy! The children of Issy! That was the slightly eerie effect Friday night's McQueen show had on much of the hardened fashion audience. Her favorite scent, Fracas de Robert Piguet, awaited guests seated in the first two rows. In an ode to his late muse, and the woman who first discovered his talent, Alexander McQueen sent out a dazzling show that only properly paid respect to the late, great fashion queen, but reinforced the notion that he truly is one of the world's top fashion pioneers.

At the start of the show, what sounded like motorcycle revs pumped up a giant bird's wing that spread over half the runway, illuminating white and red lights to mimic feathers--perhaps a symbol suggesting that Blow has finally been freed from her cage; or that she is now with the angels.

It was easy to quickly sum up the runway offerings as McQueen's greatest hits--indeed they were there, from the severely fitted dresses and suits to a sheath dress tattered on purpose--but McQueen went beyond that. Working with Philip Treacy, Blow's other fashion love, who would later take a runway bow with McQueen, a fantasy wonderland of head gear ensued with each outfit, be it the massive bouquet of butterflies or matching pink-and-black jousting encasements. It was one gorgeous piece after another, from the tailored suiting to a wildly colorful--think Toucan Sam--gown that was modeled to mimic a free-flying bird.

And while sky-high heels and a pair of towering Japanese kabuki sandals kept most of the models bound, the sympathetic deliverance and divine emotion bestowed upon this memorable collection more than made up for a couple of extra calluses at the end of the day.