alice mccall’s beetle mania
Though there is much to look forward to in Topshop’s imminent opening of its first stateside outpost this fall, one of the undersung advantages of the Soho store is that New Yorkers will at last have easy access to Alice McCall’s Topshop range. Perhaps with that in mind, McCall is moving her runway show to New York from London this season, her debut outing in the city. What can we expect to see? Er, bugs. “I was at a dear friend’s home recently, and he was keeping a bunch of beetles in a glass jar to observe,” the designer recalls. “I got totally sucked in—they were so beautiful, and there was something clinical about watching them through the glass, too, and of course, an element of the grotesque.” McCall has translated her insect infatuation into clothes that play with new technology, using blown-out prints to create an illusion of texture, and texturing techniques like flocking or burn-out to work back into the prints. “I wanted the clothes to feel like something you were seeing under a microscope,” she explains.