It has been 13 years since milliner Philip Treacy last staged a show in London, but it was well worth the wait for the exquisite show staged this weekend at London Fashion Week. With none other than Lady Gaga opening the show swathed in a neon pink floor-length veil worn over a nude bodysuit with soaring Alexander McQueen Armadillo shoes, the popstar was expected to sing, but instead commenced the show with a toast to Treacy pronouncing the designer “the greatest milliner of all time.”
Gaga, fresh from launching her Fame fragrance in the States, then took her place next to the designer on the front row wearing a exuberant floral headdress of his design. The show that followed made even Lady Gaga’s striking appearance pale in comparison.
Entitled, Thriller, the catwalk show featured an all-black cast of models, including Alex Wek and Jourdan Dunn, wearing 37 pieces that belonged to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It was a wardrobe of tiny-waisted military-esque jackets, which included the famous red Thriller jacket. Borrowed from Julian’s Auction House, in LA, the Philip Treacy show is to be the sole UK appearance of Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe before the pieces are auctioned off in LA this December.
Treacy described the event to the International Herald Tribune as “the most exciting show I have ever done“, noting that “Michael Jackson did better than anyone the sense of the extraordinary”. Michael Jackson’s wardrobe certainly had stage presence, but the Philip Treacy hats held their own and were complimented by the outfits rather than being overshadowed by some of the music-world’s most famous and much-copied attire.
Hats included a miniature fairground with working carousel modeled after Jackson’s Neverland ranch, a pale glove made of Swarovski crystals, giant black crystal encrusted Mickey Mouse ears, a vibrant feather headdress with a flowing train, many military-inspired pieces, sparkling fascinators and the metallic beauties above.