Lady Gaga, Westwood top London fashion shows
U.S singer Lady Gaga opens the Philip Treacy Spring/Summer 2013 collection during London Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week kicked into high gear Sunday, with a hectic day of shows that culminated in Lady Gaga taking a starring turn on celebrity milliner Philip Treacy's catwalk.
Earlier in the day, punk queen Vivienne Westwood upstaged her own models in a finale that saw her strutting down the runway with a climate change slogan T-shirt.
Fashion doesn't get more theatrical than this.
Day Three of London's twice-a-year style extravaganza was packed with runway previews by some of the capital's most popular designers: Westwood, Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou and Alice Temperley.
British designer Vivienne Westwood receives applause during London Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
But Lady Gaga, in a hot pink, floor-length shroud, stole the show when she opened her friend Treacy's Michael Jackson-themed comeback show. Treacy, who has designed fanciful hats for Gaga as well as countless royals and celebrities, has not shown at the fashion week for a decade.
Raising her arms and looking up, the pop icon announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest milliner in the world: Philip Treacy."
She was joined by fellow celebrities Kim Cattrall, Grace Jones, and Nick Cave in the front row at the show, which featured Jackson's legendary stage costumes paired with Treacy's headgear.
A model wears a design from the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2013 collection during London Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
The outfits, which included the original red "Thriller" jacket — were lent from a collection held by the King of Pop's costume designers. They are set to be auctioned in California in December.