show lasted three and a half minutes. "Short, fast, and strong," said Joe Bates. "Like a punk record." To be precise, like the punk record by Jayne County that soundtracked the show. 1977's favorite transsexual may be one of the unlikeliest punk muses ever to inspire a fashion collection (possibly second only to Gaye Advert who popped up unexpectedly at Costume National some years back), but Bates and co-Siblings Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery accorded her the ultimate tribute by anchoring every one of their latest looks with the huge woolly hat Jayne wore while she was transitioning from Wayne. The headgear cued the exaggeration that defined the rest of the collection. "Things were starting to feel flat," Bates mused. "So we added more texture." It came in the form of Sid's gridiron-sized knits and an acreage of fuzzy mohair, which transformed models into mythic goatmen.
County colleague Richard Hell was the provenance of the backdrop's dramatic entreaty, "Please Kill Me." The Sibs sugared his junkie angst by picking out his words in flowers. It's this surreal jollity—colored by a palette of baby blue and powder pink, tickled with a hybrid of Fair Isle and leopard spot—that guaranteed Sibling will continue to disturb menswear's ether next season. The speed helps, too.