Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Last Thing
In what was certainly a poignant presentation, the final collection designed by the late Lee Alexander McQueen made its way down the runway today in Paris.
The 16-look collection, shown at the headquarters of fashion giant Francois Pinault, encapsulated the singular genius of McQueen. References to rococo, Byzantine art, titian red, old world paintings, and Grinling ribbons were melded with a stunningly modern approach. Fabrics were woven out of digitally captured prints of classic works of art and cleverly folded to create dimension and shape-- illustrating the intense technical skill and creativity of McQueen. Models heads were topped by gilded caps, sometimes with whimsical spikes reminiscent of war helmets. Gothic themes of skulls, angels, and religious iconography may now appear strangely prophetic-- but serve to showcase the designer's signature dark bent.
The full 160-piece showroom collection will be shown to buyers this week. It was, as expected, a stunning collection by a designer whose entire oeuvre no one expected to see so soon.
Take a look at the entire collection shown in Paris, below:
xoxo fashion geek (you live in our hearts forever Mqueen)