"There was a sparkling, illuminated runway in which two sinister, robotic movie cameras on gigantic black booms ran back and forth, while a screen played Knight's video of Raquel Zimmermann, lying on sand, naked, with snakes writhing across her body.
Then the models came out, dressed in short, reptile-patterned, digitally printed dresses, their gangly legs sunk in grotesque shoes that looked like the armored heads of a fantastical breed of antediluvian sea monster. McQueen, according to an internal logic detailed in a press release, was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves.
The consequences, in fashion terms? Well, it was a one-note, unmissable formula of the kind several other designers have decided is the way to communicate this season. McQueen's message throughout was essentially sunk into the short dress—a steady development of his engineered sea-reptile prints, worked into a nipped-waist, belled-skirt silhouette. The colors—first green and brown, moving to aqua and blue—were exceptionally executed and swagged, and molded across panniered structures. Each dress was a work of computer-generated art crossbred with McQueen's couture-based signature cut."
It really is a jaw-droppingly beautiful show. Watch the videos at the bottom. Say what you will about the clothes, that boy knows how to put on a show. The clothes themselves are beautiful and striking, if a little repetitive at times. The soon-to-be-infamous "hoof" shoes are ... well, they are what they are. We wouldn't worry about this particular style trickling down to the masses. In fact, the number of women wearing those shoes in the next year could probably be counted in the dozens, at most. Take them for what they are, an innovative and strikingly different take on the shoe. They've been compared to sea monsters and Chinese foot-binding and we have to say, anything that can garner such striking comparisons has done its job in terms of design. Love them or hate them, you're gonna talk about them.
Watch the show (MNSFW):
[Photos: catwalking.com/style.com - Videos: YouTube/gillianarmour]