>> Whilst I'm revisiting the Blow Presents S/S 10 show where Charlie le Mindu got wiggy with it, I thought I'd gladly note that another designer has turned the satirical joke in William Klein's cult film "Qui √™tes-vous, Polly Maggoo?" into something that can certainly be taken seriously as a fashion piece.
Gemma Slack's S/S 10 collection is probably more of a culmination of getting nostalgic about designers like Paco Rabanne and Thiery Mugler than my own theory that Slack looked at the Baschet brothers' metal 'avant-garde' dresses (recently displayed at the Model as Muse exhibition at the Met) made for the opening sequence of Klein's poke-at-fashion flick. Still I couldn't help but make the connection when I saw the smooth sheets that wrap the waist as an A-line skirt and the conical shaped neck ruffs, and actually giving the impression that the metal could well be a wearable fabric (as opposed to the actual screw and riveted armour pieces that Dolce & Gabanna did a few seasons ago…)…
The joke in the film was that the editors, namely Miss Maxwell played by Grayson Hall (a character modelled after Diana Vreeland) are in raptures about these metal dresses that cut up the models making them bleed. Somehow though Gemma's garments don't look like they're cause a blood bath especially when coupled with leather tops and conical bras. I didn't get to see them in Slack's Paris showroom but I'll let it be known to her that I'm highly intrigued to see how much of her metal weight I can take, even with my weakling body.
Photography by Patrick Lindblom