Taipei Fashion Dispatch- McQ by Alexander McQueen

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My Short one month stay in Taipei did not give me a lot of opportunities to catch up with lots of big shows.  Starting from this year, there is a surge of revival in Taipei fashion world, as top name brands such as Dior, LV, Burberry, Miu Miu opening up flagship stores in Taipei 101, the world’s second largest building.  Taipei fashion has been marginalized for some time and shoppers often travel to Hong Kong or Shanghai to purchase the latest luxury goods.  With the recent revival, Taipei is coming alive.  Having said that, I cringed when I found a pile of invitations for those great shows I had to miss while I was in LA.

I did manage to catch McQ by Alexander McQueen.  It’s the more accessible brand under the umbrella of McQueen.  The show was highly entertaining in that it incorporated lots of unconventional elements. The set up aimed to offset the divide between audience and models/performers.  There was a small stage with nicely curved McQ sign that provides backdrop and props for dancers. But the real “stage” encompassed the aisles between the rows of the audience leading to media group.  Models/dancers first posed on stage then sashayed pass audience then back to the stage.  I got the feeling show producers aimed to create “nightclub” atmosphere, even Studio 54-ish, instead of the stately, solemn procession often associated with high fashion runways.  The show were kicked off by cross dressing male dancers shaking it and moving it seductively, then the runway show began. The looks were highly silhouetted with “SHARP TAILORING. A NIPPED IN WAIST WITH A MASCULINE DROPPED SHOULDER AND AN EXAGGERATED HIP”(from McQ site) to produce the hour glass shape.  The results, to me personally, were at times sophisticatedly aloof and at times androgenous.  The overall style was sophisticated, classy, and safe, but seemed to lack the creative sparks and edge often associated with McQeen. They are the clothes I would buy generally, but for McQeen, even for its less luxurious brand, I would expect a lot more.

The show ended with 4 male models stood in front of media and one on each aisle amidst the audience.  A known male DJ cross dressed as disco Diva danced down the stage and stripped them one by one off their leather jackets to show their skins and together danced all their way back to stage and gone.   The beginning and the end of the show, as well as all the bare chested waiters with bow tie on their neck serving finger food were not something I have ever experienced nor used to in fashion events.  But being McQ, instead of Alexander McQueen probably gave some license in presentations.  This approach of presentation, if done right, could at best exude the kind of decadent and sexual blurring glam which epitomized the 70s and early 80s, albeit influenced by the fact that Alexander McQeen rolled out the David Bowie collection this season(and David Bowie is of course a beautiful man that epitomizes that glamour well).  However, if not done properly, it could be dangerously close to bad taste.  I do think for Taipei, the fact that this show attempted to push envelopes and stretch some boundaries were not a bad start.

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~ by anita314 on October 19, 2012.

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