Paris is finally regaining its title as fashion capital. Since the recession is forcing designers to opt for wearability and accessibility, some spring runway collections are borderline pedestrian. Paris Fashion Week, fortunately, begged to differ on what New York, London and Milan offered. For Spring 2010, the unusual fashion influences get the green light. Barn nobility in Chanel (I don't even know if country people wear pricey Chanel in their barns), boudoir wear in Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier (no longer unmentionables are they), and the fragile economy in Viktor & Rolf's zigzagging cutouts (the good news is Dow Jones broke the 10000 barrier).
But the icing on the gâteau is Alexander McQueen's "Plato's Atlantis." It featured a plethora of motifs from biological evolution and technology to theatrical high fashion.
McQueen's show opened with a stark film akin to Hollywood suspense (and "Snakes on a Plane"), then proceeded to rotating robot arms with mounted cameras gracing the runway. And that's just the prelude. As the first model appeared, dresses that resemble prehistoric animal shells pranced down the path. Reptilian prints ranging from the existing to the extinct reigned supreme. And for added basic survival instinct, hooved platforms in the richest materials were worn.
Furthermore, there was a transition to aquatic life that suggests a return to origins. Charles Darwin did hypothesize that mammals spawned from underwater creatures. By putting jellyfish silhouettes over dresses and footwear closely mimicking the majestic corals, McQueen set the mood for a maritime getaway. (WSJ; LA Times)
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With increased efforts to put on a show, I think there is added interest in being fashion forward. Runway shows, after all, is where designers put their craft on display. But as anything nowadays, creativity is compromised for profit. Nonetheless, the Paris collections--McQueen's especially--are a breath of fresh air. For someone tired of seeing pantsless models, this is a huge leap for the imagination.