From The Guardian
Stella McCartney magical turn will be this season's hard-to-beat show
London fashion week saw designer celebrate UK return with an outwardly formal event giving way to interactive performance art
Stella McCartney London fashion week
With Milan and Paris fashion weeks not yet begun, it is perhaps a little early in the catwalk season to be handing out honours. But the fashion spectacular presented by Stella McCartney at London Fashion Week on Saturday night will be hard to beat as the event of the season.
What was billed as a formal event – a sit-down, black-tie dinner – turned into a piece of interactive performance art. The evening began in elegant style, with no hint of what was to come.
In a marble Mayfair hall lit with Parisian-style globe lamps and Ronnie Scott's orchestra playing jazz standards, models dressed in marble-printed silk eveningwear took their places among the guests, so that each table hosted one outfit from McCartney's new collection.
Rihanna, Kate Moss, Kanye West and about 100 fashion journalists and stylists were served a six-course vegetarian dinner featuring Hyde Park sweet chestnut, Sicilian blood oranges, saffron risotto, black Perigord truffle and Wigmore cheese on toast.
The jazz musicians then made way for sleight of hand as the Dutch magician Hans Klok, aided by Alexa Chung, took centre stage.
Chung, who was last week appointed an ambassador for young fashion by the British Fashion Council, was hypnotised and then appeared to levitate on the point of three swords. McCartney then joined Klok on stage for a card trick.
But as the audience applauded what seemed to have been the evening's high point, an even more elevated entertainment began.
The models who had been seeded among the guests leapt from their chairs on to the centre of the round tables, and performed a ballet to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack.
The Spanish choreographer Blanca Li had rehearsed models including Yasmin Le Bon and Amber Valetta, as well as professional dancers masquerading as mannequins.
Dressed in swirling silks, cobalt blue lace gowns and cutaway tuxedo evening suits, the dancers traversed the length of the room stepping from chair to chair.
"I wanted to do something special to celebrate being back in London," McCartney said. "I love magic, and that was pretty magic."
From The Telegraph