McQueen: Tales From The Dark Side

October 9, 2009 | By Bridget Burns | Entertainment

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Models walk the runway during Alexander McQueen Pret a Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on October 6, 2009.

Amidst the reining fashion week trends of  gossamer neutrals and strappy goth dominance, Alexander McQueens collection for spring 2010 speaks of an altered reality.  His presentation using video projections of the runway and audience conjured the future present world of surveillance, and virtual technology.  These are familiar themes in todays culture and we aren’t strangers to them, but the grandiose execution and restrained eye of the designer breathe new life into an aesthetic that blossomed a decade ago.

An infinite hall  of mirrors reflected on the while polished floor as distorted silhouettes made contact with earth.  The models  looked like frightening butterflys or or walking fractals, many looked inhuman with an enhanced sense of symmetry.  The punishing hoove-like shoes that we spoke of yesterday and hornlike hair buns were standouts, setting the shape of alien beings.  Are you afraid of this place that is just as real but not as brightly lit?

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