The Freak show is on…

3 Mar

… at Mugler. As anticipated, something rather good was on its way with Formichetti taking the reins of the slightly decaying house. And without detour he delivered everything one was entitled to expect from Gaga’s fashion coach: a show, essentially, delving some formal possibilities about post-humanity, most of which are reminiscences from the last 40 years in sci-fi. Not that any precise reference dawns as obvious, but the overall impression is that of a familiar visual code.

This is both a limit of the concept of a freaking fashion and a still interesting. The whole project revolves around the Jentschian-Freudian notion of Unheimliche: up to what point fashion may push into the realm of the uncomfortably strange? Obviously Formichetti is supposed to design pieces that will actually sell, which constrains a lot the desire to explore. This is probably why he stayed within a formal repertoire relatively smooth to the eye. Yet, it seems to me that some pieces are definitely scorers, precisely because they are both beautiful and verging on the uneasy.

The first is a beauty and the beast fusion: why choose to be the helpless blonde when you can also be the Kong?

Ear/antennae thingies are totally optional.

Notice the positively sublime necklace. I’d wear it and that coat for a lunch in a fancy restaurant anytime between November and March.

Next comes the translucent plastic skin idea. The question is how to avoid the kinky latex effect.

Beautifully sleek legs

Clearly, you don’t have to display your crotch this way, and a black shorty would have gone a long way into making this outfit a winner at the art gallery opening.

This one is chic, plain and simple. It would do marvels with the orange lips it seems no one can live without these days.

Matrix anyone?

Another great outfit out of the box. If you have a flat belly, you’re in for a smart interpretation of this nice fellow, the ax, grin and bad hairdo being as you would guess strictly optional.

Put all these workout freak's abs to shame

The last one may well be my favorite. Anatomy meets suspenders in a most natural form:

Ice Lady

The obvious tip being to avoid looking like the el-cheapo kinky nurse. Urgently ditch these absurd platforms, and slip in this wet-dream of a boot by Prada:


Then you will want to put these cute boobs of yours where they belong: inside a beautiful shell of black and white lace such as something Agent Provocateur would provide you, and under a cute gray fur top, probably along the lines of this beautiful number I pointed out earlier in Elie Tahari’s collection.

Classic boob deliciousness

The icing of it all. You want also the gloves.

8 Responses to “The Freak show is on…”

  1. Manolo the Shoeblogger March 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Perhaps the problem of the Manolo is that he is getting too old. The world has passed him by.

    He has no desire for transhumanity, not when humanity, itself, is so hard to achieve.

    And thus he retreats into reaction, where he finds that, o paraphrase the Don Colacho, the convictions of the Manolo are the same as those of the old woman praying in the corner of the church.

    Although, those boots of the Prada are the bomb.

    • Miss Eliza Wharton March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      As usual, I cannot but agree that there is no real point to try to get past our humanity. Yet, I tried to show that this hybris-driven project, something of value could be caught for the off-stage life.
      (I’m sometimes doubting I should say real).

  2. Madame Suggia March 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    @ Manolo

    “Although, those boots of the Prada are the bomb.”


    • Miss Eliza Wharton March 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      Miuccia is ferociously inspired this last two seasons at least. I’m impressed.

  3. winnsome March 4, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    yeah the suspender/bone/skin tissue look was my fave too but it would need a bit of texture in my texture-obsessed world:‘,515,%20700,’0442092417630’
    n.b. only problem, flats are not for ‘normal’ people

    and layer on chunky celine goodness…

    p.s. agree with you about the bra. did you like the lake & stars collection? mmm perfect underwear

    • Miss Eliza Wharton March 4, 2011 at 7:43 am #

      Winnsome, I like your world! It seems to me quite fantastical to mix this otherworldly number with cute early-fall-in-Italy surroundings… but it would work!
      Only, as you say, you really want to pump up that heel! unless you’ve got exceptional legs, the result on flats would be subpar.

  4. winnsome March 4, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    oh and i almost forgot well done with the blog makeover i really like it. it seems to suit you

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