HEAD CASES: Philip Treacy’s first London Fashion Week show on Sunday night may have been a glittering affair — with Lady Gaga making the first runway exit — but it certainly didn’t start out that way. Upon entering London’s Royal Courts of Justice, all the guests had to pass through an airport-style security scanner. “I was surprised I didn’t set it off with my metal hips — I always have trouble in the airport!” said Zandra Rhodes.
The front row was stacked with Treacy’s clients and friends including Sarah Burton, Gareth Pugh, Anna Dello Russo, Kristen McMenamy, Dita Von Teese, Bryan Ferry and Grace Jones.
“It was amazing, and just in the right direction for my new tour and album… but I’m not saying any more!” Jones teased. She said her all-time favorite Treacy design is a “crystal bowler with the lasers I wear in my show, which was Philip collaborating with Chris Levine. He introduced me to Chris,” said Jones, referring to the London-based artist famous for his hologram portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. “They’re not even hats really — they’re art head pieces. You don’t even have to put them on your head!”
McMenamy said she felt like a little kid at the show. “Oh my golly! I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. It was actually the first fashion show I’ve sat down and watched because I always thought ‘I’m going to be so jealous of those damn girls walking down the runway, and I can’t take it as I’ve got to be the center of attention,’ but I think I picked the right one…”
Of Lady Gaga’s opening spectacle, she said: “She was a nice little cherry on the top, but the girls were the ice cream in all those delicious flavors.”
Treacy got a standing ovation and no one — Jones included — could resist a little shimmy in the aisle to a gospel choir rendition of Michael Jackson and The Cleveland Orchestra’s “Will You Be There.”