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Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2008: Alexander McQueen


In a show dedicated to his discoverer, Isabella Blow, who passed away earlier this year, McQueen revisited some of his greatest hits. Architectural & fantastical hat creations by Blow's other big discovery and frequent McQueen collaborator Philip Treacy featured prominently — they were her trademark, after all. The whole runway venue even smelled like Blow, since a bottle of her signature perfume was given to every guest.

The collection formed a wardrobe any drama queen would covet: Hitchcockian suits, ombre kimono dresses, and lace inserts abounded. As always, McQueen was daring with vertiginous Japanese geta-inspired sandals, rainbow prints, and face-covering masks. But my favorite had to be the phoenix motif, so appropriate because of its symbolism of rebirth. The bird, in all its feathered glory, front and center on a beautiful baby blue gown; Isabella Blow couldn't have asked for a better tribute.


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