After a thirteen year hiatus, the incomparable haute milliner Philip Treacy has returned to London Fashion Week with a bang and a little help from prior millinery intern Lady Gaga, an army of incredible African models and, fittingly enough, a sequinned-gloved hand from musical genius/ass hat, Michael Jackson.
Looking every bit like a hot-pink mess, or a chiffon-swaddled infant child dangling from a balcony, Gags opened the show – which was dedicated to Treacy’s close friends, the late, great Alexander McQueen and his mentor and Treacy’s muse, Isabella Blow – with the declaration that Treacy is “the greatest milliner of all time”; a epithet he lived up to with a spectacular collection of hats and headpieces inspired by and paired with the actual archival stage costumes of Michael Jackson designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins.
In attendance were various European and fashion royals, including McQueen’s successor Sarah Burton, Gareth Pugh, Dita Von Teese, Kim Cattrall, Treacy’s most limber fan, Grace Jones and Bryan Ferry, who all watched on as one of the most extravagant displays of camp not witnessed since the invention of camp took place. Predictably, onlookers hollered and danced to a quintessential Jackson soundtrack. Music! Hats! Fashion! I love you! Press play and scroll!
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