Stella McCartney London A/W 2012 eveningwear collection
The beginnings of Stella McCartney's London presentation had all the ingredients of a sedate affair - black tie dinner, cocktails, and a medley of jazz standards performed by the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. But civilised salon show this was not. In what must be the most glamorous (and tumultuous) of flash mob takeovers, a ruckus between a waiter and a dinner guest soon launched into a full-blown choreographed dance scene, set to the electric soundtrack of Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'.
A sea of models - including the likes of Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Aline Weber and Ginta Lapina - erupted from dinner tables one by one (where they had previously been dining together with unwitting guests) to give the A/W 2012 eveningwear collection a spin.
McCartney's creations were tested literally to the seams. Dresses, which ranged from intriguing marble-print peplum, electric blue and orange lace, to minimal monochromatic full-length gowns, flowed delightfully to the vigorous dance routine, put together by France-based Spanish choreographer Blanca Li.
The whole sequence was an admirable feat of balancing act vs. dance moves, with even table tops and airborne chair 'chains' (held together by waiters) used as props.
Kudos to McCartney for side-stepping the well-trodden static presentation format in favour of showcasing an eveningwear collection in what it was actually purposed for - dancing.