If you’re a milliner, the point of a runway presentation is to get people to look at your hats. But when Charlie Le Mindu sent a few nude models down a London runway yesterday, attendees of his show didn’t know where to look — or not look — first.
Le Mindu, who makes avant garde wigs and head coverings for the likes of Lady Gaga and MGMT, is known for his outlandish creations. Last September he showed what resembled a burka made of blond micro braids, and a hairpiece shaped like pair of lips with a three pairs of sunglasses woven in. In February 2009, he showed a head covering made entirely out of white mice.
“I really like mice and rats. But everybody doesn’t like them and I just wanted to show people it could be really beautiful,” he told Agence France Presse after the show.
Asked if he was worried about how animal rights campaigners might react, he said: “It’s better to make them (the rodents) beautiful than give them to the snakes.”
For a designer who’s very young (Le Mindu is only 24, and this is only the third collection he’s shown at a major show) he’s managed to make some pretty big statements. We would question his commercial viability if his work wasn’t so good, and if he didn’t have an impressive roster of clients to brag about. The only comment we can make here is that Le Mindu doesn’t seem to need gimmicky shock tactics like this one — his work should be able to speak for itself.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.