Nude models turn heads at London fashion week
Charlie Le Mindu takes minimalism to new levels as naked models strut their stuff on catwalk
Fashion watchers remain divided on whether it was bare cheek or bare minimalism, but nudity was the order of the day at Charlie Le Mindu's London Fashion Week show yesterday when the fledgling French designer sent naked models down the catwalk. Le Mindu, who launched his label last year, is a celebrity hairdresser turned headgear designer whose hats have been worn by Lady Gaga. But the 24-year-old Le Mindu did not need a star to guarantee him headlines for his off-schedule London fashion week show. Several models in the show wore nothing but pink high-heeled boots and bags, as well as headgear - including hats and wigs - by Le Mindu. Le Mindu loves to create controversy. At his first London fashion week show in February 2009 he angered animal activists with a veil made of dead mice and rat skin. Among the more established designers showing yesterday were Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood's Red Label and Julien Macdonald. Some of the biggest names in the British fashion industry will take time out today from LFW to gather at St Paul's Cathedral for a private memorial ceremony for Alexander McQueen. Both family and friends of McQueen, who died in February, will celebrate the designer's life and work.