It's Animal Week on Fashion156, and there are plenty of designers who have taken inspiration from the animal kingdom, if not every designer. There's Cavalli, Burberry, Proenza and Gucci, to name but a few; but inn my opinion, there is only one designer, and one collection in particular that has really caught the essence of the animal.
Alexander McQueen S/S 10 - Plato's Atlantis
This is the synopsis from alexandermcqueen.com, and it couldn't be a truer representation of the collection.
'WHEN CHARLES DARWIN WROTE THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, NO ONE COULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE ICE CAP WOULD MELT, THAT THE WATERS WOULD RISE AND THAT LIFE ON EARTH WOULD HAVE TO EVOLVE IN ORDER TO LIVE BENEATH THE SEA ONCE MORE OR PERISH. WE CAME FROM WATER AND NOW, WITH THE HELP OF STEM CELL TECHNOLOGY AND CLONING, WE MUST GO BACK TO IT TO SURVIVE.'
I don't want to write much about this collection, it doesn't need my words. If you are fashion follower, you will know the importance of this show, and the symbolism it held for the spectators and the design house itself. Every detail was looked at in the finest form; reptile skin scaling, butterfly wing feathering, water waves and forest floor debris, all moulded onto the body, showing McQueen's interpretation of how we'd look when we go back to water.
Now, I have one last animal related image to show you...
'Pastel Cats' by Tim Walker