Lady Gaga isn’t exactly a queen of the runway, but she certainly commanded attention at London Fashion Week. Donning a neon pink caped veil, Mother Monster opened Philip Treacy’s spring 2013 runway show by striking a Jesus-like pose and introducing the Michael Jackson-inspired collection before clanking back to her front-row seat in 6-inch platforms.
The venerable milliner hadn’t shown during LFW in more than a decade, but his return to the runway, which included a full-blown choir and head-turning hats, was nothing short of mesmerizing. The collection featured headgear so outlandish that many models appeared as though they might collapse under their weight, including a pair of oversized Minnie Mouse-esque ears, a sequined medieval-style helmet and even an obscuring light-up clawed fascinator. But Lady Gaga’s cray-cray opening (and, you know, those hats) may have overshadowed the fact that Treacy’s runway show featured a cast of all black models.
British-born model Jourdan Dunn, who walked with fellow black models Alek Wek, Leomie Anderson, Sessilee Lopez and Marihenny Rivera Pasible, tweeted her excitement for the progressive lineup before the show, calling the move “genius.” Treacy has yet to comment on the move. Check out the video of Gaga’s opening and some of the best looks from the show!
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