Lady Gaga hit London Fashion Week last night at the Royal Courts of Justice for her friend Philip Treacy's first London catwalk show since 1999.
As far as Sunday nights go, last night was pretty spectacular. The air was thick with anticipation backstage as line-up of models were preparing for their rehearsal walk, described by make-up artist Topolino as, 'androgynous and very strong'.
Then the bombshell was dropped, 'Lady Gaga is in the building'. If that wasn't enough of a surprise then came 'and the clothes, Michael Jackson's back catalogue. The Thriller jacket and glove are down there.'
Behind us, hanging on rails as if they were any other designer pieces, was Michael Jackson's wardrobe within touching distance. A line of dressers stood quietly guarding the costly clothes (their value to be determined at auction in Beverly Hills this December).
On the opposite side on tressel tables, or in one rather large feathered head piece's case a San Pellegrino cardboard box, sat Treacy's spectacular designs. Swarovski elements adorned Nicholas Kirkwood's shoes and rings the size of fists, that would give Magpies palpatations, glistened. The simple, glossy make-up was by MAC and the sleek hair by FUDGE.
Enter Lady Gaga, her face almost entirely covered by a floral Treacy design, came in with her entourage. 'I'm so excited' she squealed to Treacy who walked alongside her.
She tried on a large blue ring that Treacy pointed out to her, had a quick look at the pieces and with that she was gone. Rumour had it she was set to perform. Which she did in a way.
She didn't sing. The soundtrack was left to Michael for who, along with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, the show was dedicated. Some of his most famous songs were played including a mere 20 seconds of Billie Jean at the end for which Treacy had to press his team to keep in despite having to cut it short, 'it's a classic' he told one. It had to be cut short for John Fisher and the IMDC Gospel Choir, of course, who sang the models out during their final walk.
But back to Gaga, she was first to step out onto the catwalk sheathed head to toe in pink fabric before stopping half way down and opening the show by saying, 'Ladies and gentlemen the greatest milliner in the world Philip Treacy, in the clothes of the late Michael Jackson' before yelling 'amen fashion!'
The Treacy show had begun and even now we wish it had never stopped.