Friday, January 21, 2011

Alexander McQueen FW 2006

I thought I posted about this collection already, but combing through my archives I've only mentioned it. Well, better late than never to correct myself. This is one of my favorite runway shows of all time. I like to imagine the story of this man...

Business, perhaps some hunting or equestrian pursuits, and just generally going about his day... No harm in that right?
Alexander McQueen FW 2006

Into evening, the colors become deeper, the fabrics richer: silk, velvet, furs...
Alexander McQueen FW 2006

As the evening progresses into Le Smoking, the collection takes on a sinister tone. The shift to an oriental theme marks his descent to the opium dens. Between the models' paler visages and bizarre women, McQueen cited vampires as part of this collection.
Alexander McQueen FW 2006

Now that it's on my mind again, I see bits of "Dorian Grey": a man with a double life, forever young (vampires), and of course the dens. The newsboy caps, associated with the working class in the 19th century, can be connected to the way Dorian would don "common man" clothes to frequent less than savory parts of town. (As our McQueen man does, convening with vampires and all.) Even in an 80s-set adaptation: Dorian wears a dramatic floor length kimono much like the model in McQueen's finale. OK I'm really pushing it with the last one. I'm no eloquent writer, I do my best to find a connection amongst all my fashion craziness. To put it simply, this collection combines things I love: a story--the sinister the better, oriental motifs, sharp cheek bones, 3 piece suits, Le Smoking, and just generally clothes that Johnny Depp should wear.

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11 comments:

  1. LOVE the trench in look #6, and that grey lush cot is stunning! The b&w dress in the 9th pic (2nd lot of pics) made my jaw drop...
    xx

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  2. Brigadeiro: Cate Blanchett has worn that dress on the red carpet.

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  3. -h, i love it- the idea behind this collection, the connections you've made... (i'm also intrigued with these kinds of stories- vampires, the sinister, and anything featuring johnny depp.) fashion is about using imagination, and mcqueen knew full well how to tap into his and run with it!

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  4. Love McQueen the pieces are great on their own, but I love it all together for a big statement! His still miss, but the new designer is doing great! www.fashionbaggage.com

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  5. I couldn't agree more! I salute your eloquent writing,too.

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  6. It's great when men's shows are as/more exciting than the womenswear collections.

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  7. This collection escaped my attention first time around - its fabulous! Love the vampire inspired pieces!

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  8. im thinking you would like to borrow at least 3 or 4 pieces for your own wardrobe.
    xo chausss

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  9. Wonderful reminder of the genius we lost in McQueen!

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  10. not only Johny Depp, I also would like to wear them:) Especially the red loafers and coats (2nd photo,1st row).

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  11. he seems very...gangster. not foppish or uber-modern, but well cut and tailored to a T. i like this! i would wear it all, lol.

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