Sci-fi being just one descriptor, the late Alexander McQueen's final Spring 2010 collection draws inspiration from that and much more.
Titled 'Plato's Atlantis', the collection brings to mind magical outerspace aliens, mythological sea creatures, Avatar-esque forest beings; all donned in garments of intensely intricate digital prints, inspired from nature and science, reminiscent of an image from a mid-microscopic zoom.
"The models came out, dressed in short, reptile-patterned, digitally printed dresses, their gangly legs sunk in grotesque shoes that looked like the armored heads of a fantastical breed of antediluvian sea monster.
McQueen, according to an internal logic detailed in a press release, was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves."
McQueen's shoes in particular garnered much attention, for their fantastical design and extreme discomfort (not exactly ready-to-wear). Lady Gaga took them straight from runway to music video, rocking more than one pair in Bad Romance (see second video in the gallery below - skip ahead to 3:30 to see her sporting full McQueen from head to toe).