Stills from Alexander McQueen's Live Streamed Show!
Okay, I got myself all worked up for that show. The server appeared to have crashed from the traffic which surely would have been anticipated and no one could see anything, then the show was delayed so that was good news as it gave them time to sort it out but then most of us missed the interview with McQueen which apparently broadcast with poor sound quality. And then I was finally able to see the show a few minutes in which due to delays just stopped after a bit because the show was actually over, but many were not able to get on at all due to 'massive demand'.
Democracy via technology = a blessing and a curse.
So I felt a bit sorry for all of us who were so looking forward to this and also for Lee if he was disappointed because I knew how fired up he was about being able to bring his show to us at home, in a way that was supposed to be better than what the in-house audience would be able to see - those giant cameras on tracks gave us close ups and different views, and it was edited superbly. But the stream stopped about every two to three seconds. I was seriously bummed at first but then realised it gave me an opportunity to really look at the clothes, albeit pixelated versions at times, and so I took screen shots. The collection was done in a palette of blues and greys (correction: there were more colours in teh beginning which I missed) and some of the shoes were massive sculpted platforms that looked exactly like antelope heads in profile.
Choppy or not, I LOVED the soundtrack. It was deep and bassy and darkly ambient which just does something to me. The hair, sculpted into two rock hard points atop the head was like a cross between the wicked Queen in Snow White and Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Plato's Atlantis was the name of this show. I spent a few minutes trying to connect what I saw with the story after watching but my first impression was that the music, the deep blue pulsating backdrop (the film) and the out-of-this-world characters - the models - were telling a story about the birth of a new world rather than the demise of an old one, that being Atlantis which existed for only one turbulent day and night before it sank into the ocean. The placement of the models in front of that absorbing, enveloping backdrop caused them to appear at times as if they were occupying different planes which was just cool. I doubt it would have translated that way in person so I'm assuming that was an intended effect for us at home.
The female body was definitely a key theme as you can see below. The prints on many of the dresses seemed to reflect that imagery as well. McQueen likes boobs.
So! There's going to be a second showing at 11:00 pm, Paris time at here. And that is soon!! Demand will be just as high if not more so be patient with trying to load the stream. Or just curse at the top of your lungs and throw your computer out the window!