Last night I attended McQ by Alexander McQueen. It was the first-ever show for this diffusion line and let me tell you that it was nothing short of spectacular. The runway, well actually, the entire floor of the show-space was covered in dusty mulch and the lighting was dark up until show-time. Then, the models walked out in what was clearly a military-inspired collection that included incredible belted coats, cocktail dresses and evening wear in olive, black, white, burgundy, lace, leather, fur collars and velvet. There were even different textures within the same piece at times.
Clothing and high, dramatic lace up boots aside, the makeup was almost bare, other than a constructed brow and a bit of squarish shadow creating yet another androgynous beauty style this season. Hair was outrageous, pulled up into a slick bun and covered with a hair-encrusted giant donut piece. Just like the clothing and the setting and the ultra-loud music, it was all quite dramatic.
Highlights from the show included Salma Hayek in the front row flanked between her business mogul husband and Anna Wintour whose eyes I could not see for the incredible finale through her dark sunnies. About that finale, as the last look of the show, model Kristen McMenamy walked down the runway clad in a white evening dress. However, she stopped halfway, looking up at the leaves falling from the sky. There was a burst of light, and then darkness. Once the light came on again, Kristen then dug around in the wood-chips until she found a rope which lead her into a real forest. From the forest, all of the models emerged back onto the runway for the finale. It was all very surreal — well done McQ!