Alexander McQueen’s recent Paris Spring 2010 collection was the third in a series observing the relationship between humankind and earth. In the latest installment of his fashion exploration, McQueen reduces humans to creatures of the sea. He suggests that as the world continues in its downward spiral of global warming, pollution and human waste, the ice caps will eventually melt and humankind will be forced to adapt into underwater beings.
As always, McQueen’s collections represent fashion at its finest, balancing artifact with imagination. And above all else, he gives unparalleled attention to detail. From head to toe, the models are transformed into walking reptilian goddesses: hair braided into the shape of horns, faces polished in a silvery frost, and the garments covered in an elaborate construction of jeweled scales. Even more, McQueen’s use of computer generated art in his garments gives fine credit to the pioneering advancements in fabric printing technologies.
Overall, I must admit the garments are a bit much in terms of wearability.. but it is Paris fashion week and designers are almost required to go to a certain level of extreme. With that being said, McQueen’s work still remains nothing short of amazing in pure craftsmanship. I appreciate the cohesiveness of the collection and the incredible detail given to each ensemble. I could only dream of what it would be like to experience such a show in person. Ah-mazing.
As a last note, I cannot review McQueen’s Paris collection without giving credit to the models for their ability to walk the runway in these hoof-like shoes! ..Insane!