17 September 2012 by

Philip Treacy Spring Summer 2013: Lady Gaga Introduces A Tribute To Michael Jackson

As you entered the gothic, cathedral-like atrium of the Royal Courts of Justice last night, you could have been forgiven for thinking you were attending a bizarre, nocturnal wedding, what with the amount of celebrities and luminaries wearing such a spectacular array of hats and fascinators.

But this was no wedding so the only other event that could bring such a vast array of rock royalty, supermodels and fashion glamazons out so late on a 'school night' would have to be Philip Treacy's long awaited return to the runway. And Mr Treacy certainly knows how to put on a crowd pleasing show that left NOBODY disappointed.

In what turned out be part fashion show, part memorial service and part auction preview in equal measures, the audience was treated to an introduction by Lady Gaga shrouded in neon pink chiffon. Then came an unforgettable visual experience of a parade of all black models wearing vintage Michael Jackson costumes, each crowned with an extraordinary Treacy creation. And whilst the show paid tremendous homage to the Prince of Pop, it also secured Treacy's place as the King of Hats.

To a thumping soundtrack of Michael Jacksons greatest hits, look after look left the audience even more mesmerised and delighted with the show culminating in the millinery equivalent of a sound and light show , where the final few models stepped onto the runway in luminous creations that defied logic - one hat glowing and spinning UFO-style , whilst another encased the model in a floor length cage of light that seemed to hover down the catwalk.

The crowd watched in awe and amazement giving Mr Treacy a spontaneous and unanimous standing ovation that also had everyone dancing. The only thing that could have perhaps made the night more spectacular would have been Grace Jones doing a live rendition of Billie Jean as a finale. The Jackson costumes are also due to be auctioned at a special event in Los Angeles in December.

by Andrew Holden


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