At the climax of Alexander McQueen’s shown tonight, the lights went down to reveal a modern reworking of a nineteenth century optical illusion: Pepper’s Ghost. An illusion used by fairground hucksters and pierside attractions, these were pre-film entertainments that used ‘smoke and mirrors’ to amaze and in some cases terrify crowds. Tonight, a large cruciform structure (with secret screens embedded under each of its ‘arms’) stood over a glass pyramid, whose glass facets were positioned to reflect the screens above them. The lights dimmed and an apparition of Kate Moss dressed in fluttering organza appeared as if in mid air: she grew to full size, spun and rotated to the delight of the roaring audience. After a minute of sheer technological wizardry, the image shrank from view and Kate tantalisingly disappeared into a tiny cluster of oscilating firefly lightbeams and was gone.
Posts for March 3rd 2006
>> You know when style.com gives you a bad review, you're in biiig trouble -- they're usually very diplomatic and generous with their good reviews. Stella McCartney, dear, I hope you're listening to this, because you got burned over at style.com:
Stella McCartney has had a lot on her plate this past year. New baby, a smash-hit gig for H&M, and a line of attention-grabbing activewear for Adidas. Well done for all that—but has she had enough in reserve to concentrate on her own brand? Her collection didn’t really look like it. What she showed—big cocoon cardigans with sloppy collars, skimpy printed jersey dresses, mixed with A-line smocks and swing coats—lacked the stylistic grip and polish expected from a player in the premier league of Parisian fashion.
Yikes. To be fair, there were some good basics -- a navy cape in particular. But Gemma's gown was so ill-fitting that it was exposing her. And well, new ideas much? The Stella for H&M version (circa Nov. 2005) vs. the Stella for Paris runway version (circa March 2006).