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Philip Treacy Spring/Summer 2013

Philip Treacy Spring/Summer 2013

Day three of London Fashion Week saw the triumphant return of Philip Treacy after a 13-year absence from the runway. The show, inspired by the late Michael Jackson saw global pop sensation Lady Gaga take to the runway to perform and then join fellow fashion favourites Sarah Burton, Gareth Pugh, Anna Dello Russo Dita von Teese, Bryan Ferry and Grace Jones on the front row.

Presented in London’s Royal Courts of Justice, Treacy’s models stomped down the runway wearing some of Michael Jackson’s most famous ensembles, which had been loaned out by one of the Kings of Pop’s costume designers. As ever, the well-established hat designer wowed with his extravagant and diverse array of headpieces.

From oversized Mickey Mouse ears and pop-up fairground scenes to painstakingly embellished facemasks and dramatic black shrubbery, Philip Treacy’s welcomed return to London Fashion Week was full of energy, vibrancy and his trademark sense of fun.

Treacy fan Gaga has famously worn the designer’s eccentric pieces, including the unforgettable telephone hat, and acted as toast-maker before the cast of all-black models took to the runway. The show brought to life the ghost of pop legend Michael Jackson, while guests – all accessorised with elaborate hats – sipped on cocktails while soaking up the all-glizt all-glam atmosphere.

Before the show, Philip Treacy described the event as, “The most exciting show I have done.” He told the International Herald Tribune, “Michael Jackson did better than anyone the sense of the extraordinary.”

– Ellen Stewart
– Photos courtesy of London Fashion Week