In contrast to the few articles who reported on it, Charlie Le Mindu’s naked fashion show for spring/summer 2011 hardly caused a stir in London. Over the years, Fashion Week has seen its fair share of weirdness as designers attempt to break the Last Taboo. However, according to the lack of coverage Le Mindu’s runway spectacle received it seems that full frontal nudity is practically a cliché.
The 24-year-old French wig maker unveiled a collection of black beehives, leopard print playsuits, bottle millinery, bright pink platforms and full-frontal nudity during his second collection at Fashion Week.
Born in rural France, Le Mindu studied hairdressing at Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy before turning to wigs and opening a studio in Shoreditch, East London where he’s now based.
Launching his label only a year ago he has generally been successful at grabbing the fashion media’s attention, thanks, in no small part, to his impressive client list, which includes Lady Gaga, MGMT, Bloc Party, VV Brown and Jodie Harsh.
At last year’s Fashion Week, he unveiled a full face headdress made of real mice and rat carcasses, outraging animal rights activists.
“I really like mice and rats,” he said at the time, “But everybody doesn’t like them and I just wanted to show people it could be really beautiful.” When asked if he was worried about the public’s reaction, he said: “It’s better to make them beautiful than give them to the snakes.”
Full collection here