A gaping hole was undoubtedly left by Alexander McQueen's decision to shun the traditional runway show opting to release a collaborative film along with photographer David Sims in support of the collection. McQueen rarely fails to deliver some theatre and the shows thus far have been safe, solid Spring/Summer offerings but little have provoked a stir of interest or a flurry of excitement. The short film is available to watch on his website but I am interested more in the accompanying look book and the blog images posted on Dazed Digital. This is a collection which features splatters and hand prints of paint and looks a whole lot of fun, a breath of fresh air in the face of the stiff collections previously shown in Milan over the weekend.
After discovering Edward Lorenz's graduate collection I was tempted to dip my fingers in to paint to attempt something similar and now McQueen has reignited the desire to get hands on with paint. Whereas the graduate's collection was all about using paint to document sartorial craftsmanship, McQueen's vision for SS10 is a celebration of the craft of the painter. A surge of twitter activity followed the release of collection images where a number of us talked up the DIY opportunities. The most intriguing for me are the paint splattered shoes. This DIY project is simpler than attempting the knock off Prada studded brogues as shown on Fashion156's Daily Blog.
Image sourced fron Dazed Digital.
This coming weekend I will hit the High Street and pop in to the odd vintage store on the hunt for a pair of suitable blank canvases, I mean brogues to attempt my own paint splattered homage. No doubt quite a few of us will be getting out hands dirty having seen this collection which is why this offering stands out from the Milan crowd. Hopefully next season McQueen will return to the runway because his presence on the catwalk has been sorely missed this season.