Electric Goes.... Mugler Menswear AW2012

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Having spent the day browsing the shops and Street Style hunting in the Marais, I headed to Mugler, the kick-off presentation. The address quoted on the schedule was the mysterious "Passage du D├ęsir" but there was nothing there (a quiet residential street) that looked anything like a show. I saw a dapper looking French guy on the phone clearly looking for the same place, and asked him what the hell was going on. He turned out to be a lovely organiser of fashion events in Paris and together we found the right spot.

The show was the dark and twisted take on the Mugler tradition one can expect from stylist Formichetti, stylist to Gaga and he who discovered the tattooed wunderkid Rico, and menswear designer Romain Kremer. The concept was more moving shoot than catwalk show and the two opening models, twins no less, were strapped up to cameras on harnesses, one filming himself, the other his brother, that was part of the live streaming venture the show was part of. 

The clothes were incredible. Suiting was in black, ox-blood and orange, with long jacket lengths and textures of latex, neoprene and plastic. Capes featured, as did shiny blue trench coats and puff-padded pants. There were naked chests and veils, masks created from oil slick-thick make-up, long leather gloves that made models look truly other-worldly. All-in-all both classic Mugler reinvented to a more fine-tuned degree and the gothic superhero Formichetti has trademarked. And to top it off, Formichetti and his team, clearly fans of ballsy women in his collaboration with Gaga, had chosen [Electric Dress] fave Alaiza Banks's 212 to make the walls and floor throb.

Here are my fave snaps from Dazed Digital (above) and New York Magazine (below). Second down, a guy  I made friends with after (more to follow on that!) who was super sweet, RJ King. Above, and third, below, our wee school mate and brother's best pal Jamie Wise. Doesn't he look all growed up!? We had a big conversation when I was in Paris on his experiences with it, as a working boy, and mine; we agreed perceptions differ greatly when you're trying to get something done versus enjoying yourself. If pictures tell a thousand words I reckon "bored" and "tired" and "pissed off" would feature kinda heavily for Jamie on this one!

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