I’m Haunted by Alexander McQueen!

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2013/2014 suspended all thought processes from my analytical mind. The baroque frescoed halls of the Opera Comique was haunted with super models seeming as if they were white and dark apparitions floating before our eyes, as we watch from without. There were probably arched necks hissing at these “foreign entities” swallowing their space. I’ve never been fond of ghosts creeping around any setting, I’d storm right out the door sending a chill vibration through everyone, but this collection has me wishing I was a white apparition crushing my energy into the setting seen in Alexander McQueen’s white and menacing under tone gowns. Beyond words, it’s simply ethereal. The inspiration, is about troubled nuns, mysterious angels, Queen Elizabeth I– and the Virgin Queen. I’ll be that mysterious angel, Alexander McQueen, I have been a fervent lover of your collection if you know what I mean!

What was Sarah Burton_current designer for Alexander McQueen_ trying to achieve with this “modern” collection? Maybe, we are just opening up to the New Age Fashion! Where spirituality and materialism are an Integration of Oneself! Oooh we can only learn from folks who have come to pass, and still breath heavily their left legacies.Their souls might have departed, but they are free to be wherever, and whenever we call on them for inspiration and guidance.

Once Upon a Time_Coco Chanel

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Its loveliness increases; it will never
pass into nothingness …
―John Keats

Masses of people are secretly in love with the woman Chanel adorns in her millenary hats,gemstones, bijouterie and her curvaceous hourglass suites. Her sinuous manner inspires more than just admiration, she is a beauty that’s breathless and full of bliss.

She is one who epitomizes elegance as a way of lifestyle. Mannerism, Seduction, and Simplicity are never out of season. It’s especially delightful to see how Gabrielle Bonleur Chanel started out in this video,” Once Upon a Time” in 1909, at 160 Boulevard Malesherbes Paris. The House of Chanel has clothed many celebrities, of the many, Marchesa Luisa Casti leaves us with a powerful felt presence. Decades have passed, but she still remains a relevant fashion icon. she said, “I want to be a living work of art.” Certainly, Marchesa has set the scale up high for modern celebrities like Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, and if rocking shark teeth around your neck or camouflaging your body in snake skin sounds like a fashion statement, than you might just have what it takes to aspire to Marchesa Casti.

There’s something utterly transcendent about a woman who knows she holds a magnetic allure, and intoxicates us with her Chanel No.5 fragrance spritzed over her little black dress; such awareness turns on even the hardest harded of men into her admirers, and sedates the rest of us to have a lustful desire for her sorcerous appeal. Wo/man Chanel always leaves us inspired!

” Woman are the most perfect dolls to ever be dressed with delight and admiration.” Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is akin to a Religious Experience

“The appreciation of beauty in art or nature is not only (for all its difficulties) the easiest available spiritual exercise; it is also a completely adequate entry into (and not just an analogy of) the good life, since it is the checking of selfishness in the interest of seeing the real.” John Debson

Guo Pei,fashion designer, eclipses fashion to a religious experience. The silhouettes are a celebration and expression of a Dionysian impulse-body’s expression of emotions, intuition, and ecstasy.

Pei’s steam punk theme is a modern interpretation of ideas based on history yet with evolutionary emphasis on culture. The essence of culture is magical, a shinning path to the divine. She is the mystical alchemist that links the microcosm with the macrocosm (the Universe) through genius work. The harmonic proportions directly communicated to our psyche can hold a power of transformation, as we see each design intrinsically enmeshed with (her) life/culture and art. There’s a ruthless self-revelation seen in her work that mirrors her nature. Effortlessly, we get carried to a private realm, and shown in full spectrum that the designs convey a deep personal message.

Seated at the edge of my seat,unfortunately behind my laptop not the event, I see each silhouette enlightening my senses in Mega Doses. Some dresses are covered fully in golden panels. The show not only represents an inspirational blend derived from Arabian tales, but from classical Chinese fairy tales and the West. The blue and white designs are reminiscent of Ming vases mingling with rich imagery of birds, Persian motifs, Rocco and baroque styles. Her couture collections are a blend of classic fantasy and grandiose cultural and historical themes. According to the New York Times, “She had trained a crew of 300 employers to specialize specifically in making her dresses” The dresses would take over 50,000 hours to embroider. And other dresses, contain 200,000 Swarovski crystals. Lady Gaga, singer and actress Zuying have been her clientele.

There’s an unmistakable beauty and sense of individuality; a common root that shows a balance of harmony within all the constructed elements playing in unison. Talk about an interplay between the Apollonian and Dionysian impulse!