Friday, 2 July 2010

First Look: Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Portfolio by Annie Leibovitz

The last ever Collection of 16 outfits made by the late Alexander McQueen for fall 2010 are each masterpieces. They were presented in a medieval hotel room setting, accompanied by the music of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, which they say McQueen listened to while making the collection. The Collection has such exquisite craftsmanship that with silhouettes that Lee had cut himself. It has so many references to his previous collections and yet it, so ironically, does look as his crowning glory. His creativity, combined with his deep understanding of medieval art, silhouettes and ancient craft techniques, are exemplified in each of the pieces. With fabrics cut from the digitalised prints of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delight, the outfits look literally heavenly. They are dazzling with loads of gold, mystery, and a beauty that is beguiling and surreal. Each model looked like a Goddess. 

The presentation of this collection in an intimate setting was questioned because of his having been the extravagant showman that he had been. Yet the clothes and his art shone brighter than ever against what seemed as the perfect setting. It makes u think it could not have got better than this. I might sound completely creepy but these clothes made me feel like they were made by someone who transcended life. The entire collection of 16 outfits can be seen here , in case if you have not seen before or want to have another look at it. Believe me. U cant get enough of it. 

The Collection's portfolio has been shot by Annie Leibovitz in a completely different setting but the essence has been captured precisely. With the wooden packing boxes, jute fibres, and the shadow-light play, the clothes get much larger than life and timeless. Especially the second pic featuring what was called the highlight of the collection. Irina K looks literally on top of the world. The other models featured are Tanya D., Frida Gustavsson, Raquel Zimmermann and Karlie Kloss. 

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