Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2009: Derelicte In Wonderland

The fall/winter collection Alexander McQueen presented yesterday in Paris was delightfully ridiculous: perfectly tailored leather sheaths; glittery hooded dresses; ladylike houndstooth severely cut; a feathered dress with cocoon-like eggshell collar. Plus! Soda-can rollers.

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Ignore the trashcan lid hat and focus instead on the amazing quilted fabric, if you can.

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The styling is purposely horrifying. Don't let it scare you!

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Instead, check out this gorgeous glittery number which has Grace Jones's name all over it.

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Thou shalt not cross the lady of the house! (That jacket is exquisitely cut, by the by.)

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It's raining, it's pouring, McQueen is never boring.

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You can admire the workmanship in this quilted coat, while still asking yourself who the hell would wear it.

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Ankle-snappers! If you loved the shoes at Nina Ricci then these may seduce you.

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The undisputed queen of Fraggle Rock.

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Boots which look like stretched-out shoes with spats: Suessian.

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As promised: Soda can hair rollers.

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A new fairy tale: The Swan and The Raven.

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Uh, make that The *Sad* Swan. Look at this way: If you go to the opera and get sleepy, you have your own feathered nest upon which to rest.

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Here's what you're supposed to glean from this ensemble: He designed a silhouette with strong shoulders, nipped waist and exaggerated hips. Here's what you will remember: Bob Marley collar.

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Not recommended for transatlantic trips; you're definitely going to set off the metal detector and the TSA will surely force a strip search.

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Behind the Iron Maiden styling is a really, really beautiful portrait-collar dress.

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Love the twisted, warped houndstooth!

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Will we see this geometric red confection on the red carpet?

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More tweaked houndstooth, with birds. This gown is gorgeous…

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The genius is in the details, like the spiral effect on the hip, and the billowing, cloud-like skirt.

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I mean seriously? This is a woman who is going places.

[All images via AP.]

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