The Spring/Summer 2008 Women's wear collection was dedicated to Isabella Blow, mentor and close friend of the man himself, Alexander McQueen who had also for this particular collection, collaborated with another of Izzy’s discovery and frequent McQueen collaborator Phillip Treacy and was their gift and goodbye to her. In the crowd were also the likes of L’Wren Scott, Kanye West and Jim Gold who had all come to pay tribute to Blow.
There were white and red tweeds and the clothes were very well tailored as McQueen uses this technique very well from previous experience and skill from his Saville Row day. With skirt suits that looked like they were crafted perfectly to fit each model giving them curves like no othe, the exaggerated hips accentuated the tiny waists that were cinched by wide grid-like obi belts of red patent leather under twisted chiffon bound uppers. Double-heeled platform shoes forced the models to walk as if their feet were connected contributing an oriental theme to the collection that is triumphant for the up-coming season.
The clothes were beautiful. It was one of those McQueen shows that left you swept off your feet. Though the collection was mostly about the best of Isabella showing it also showed clothing designs from previous of McQueen’s collections that Blow wore or would have worn herself, we were not to forget that it was also about bringing out the best of McQueen. Alexander’s greatest hits also featured architectural and fantastical hat creations by Treacy highlighted prominently — they were her trademark, after all. Showing Phillip signature butterfly swarms, to incredible spiral sweeps of chain mail, any one thatIzzy could have chosen for any of her public appearances
McQueen was daring with extraordinary Japanese geta-inspired sandals, rainbow prints, and face-covering masks. My favorite was the phoenix motif, so appropriate because of its symbolism of rebirth. The bird, in all its feathered glory was on a beautiful baby blue gown. The wing motif translated to dresses made entirely of tiny black and white feathers which were also plastered on to the some of the models' faces, clothes and shoes. Leather, pink python skin dresses and a silken basket weave were new ways to wear the McQueen shapes and the incredible psychedelic dresses running from orange through to fuchsia, pink and turquoise and his signature razor sharp suit tailoring were big winners. The favour in the colour was delightful and amazing. Something about the rainbow coloured wings on McQueen’s diaphanous bird-of-paradise gown was reminiscent of ‘Annunciation’, a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Alexander had truly put his all into this collection, after all what's not to love? Its McQueen! and Isabella could'nt have asked for a better tribute.