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Given her close relationship with the house and the late designer, it’s somewhat surprising that Kate Moss has never fronted an Alexander McQueen campaign. This season, however, the brand has remedied that, and tapped the forty-year-old supe to star in its Steven Klein-lensed Spring ’14 ads, two of which debut exclusively here. Barefaced and clad in Sarah Burton’s black leather and gold warrior wares, Moss sports an acid orange pixie cut in the snaps—a touch that lends the images a Fifth Element-meets-Hunger Games vibe. (Fitting, considering McQueen frocks pop up on more than a few occasions in Catching Fire.) Also starring in the ads is a sufficiently unnerving mini Moss doll, who’s styled to match the model. We imagine that the toy’s role will become clear in Klein’s film for the brand. Inspired by the voyeuristic 1960s British thriller, Peeping Tom, the short is set to go live on McQueen’s Web site at 8 a.m. EST. Can Moss top her ghostly Fall 2006 performance for the house, in which she was projected onto the designer’s runway as a floating hologram? Head over to www.alexandermcqueen.com to find out.
We first saw signs up geared-up girls during the Spring ready-to-wear collections, when Alexander McQueen‘s Sarah Burton presented warrior women donning arm-length gilded cuffs. This embrace of aggressive arm accessories re-emerged at the Spring Couture shows, where Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela proposed accouterments that exuded a “don’t mess with me” attitude. Karl’s girls complemented their trainers (and fanny packs) with elbow- (and knee-) pads at Chanel. And Margiela toughened up a pair of striped trousers with beaded temporary-tattoo sleeves. It may be abrasive (and potentially uncomfortable), but we’re welcoming this rebellious Couture trend with open arms.
Zoe Lee is not one to let decorative flourishes detract from a cool finish, either in her tiny, pared-back new Paris boutique or in her footwear. “I’ve always been more into textures and materials. The contrast between modern and traditional interests me more than ‘decorative,’” explains the London-raised and -educated Canadian-Japanese designer, who’s an alum of both Alexander McQueen (she worked on prints and embroidery) and Vivienne Westwood. “Eventually I realized that I could convey stories with shoes. It let me slow down. You don’t have to change every season,” she said of her decision to go into footwear.
Lee favors finishes that project the patina of time—such as burnished brass-plated heels—and shapes that don’t cut across the foot, like a flat leather boot with a circular zip that spirals up the calf.
For Spring, Lee is venturing into new territory with coated linen, a material she has been wrestling with for years. “I wanted it to be an all-day modern silhouette,” she explains of the Pollock ankle boot with a silver-plated heel. “It fits like a little black jacket.” Other standouts: the Meraux knotted heel in cracked silver foil (“the bonus is that the texture camouflages wear,” she noted) and the Roseland “almost-wedge” with a gold printed heel. “I was experimenting with printing on metallic leathers, and what came out was totally not the original idea,” she admitted. “But I liked it anyway, so I kept it.”
Priced between $515 and $754, Zoe Lee footwear is available at Anthropologie, avenue32.com, zoelee.co.uk, and the designer’s Paris boutique located at 19 Rue du Parc Royal in the third arrondissement.