[NSFW] Lady GaGa’s Le Mindu Enlists Nude Models for London Fashion Week SS11

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

When your clients include the ultra-outrageous Lady Gaga and Brooklyn-based MGMT, normal is just not in your vocabulary.

It’s true, the purpose of a runway presentation is first and foremost to draw attention to your collection, well French-born Charlie Le Mindu did just that.

Le Mindu stayed true to his outlandish reputation, shocking guests at his London show earlier this week by sending his models down the catwalk adorned in Noritaka Tatehana pink platforms, his one-of-a-kind headpieces and nothing else.

This wasn’t the first time Le Mindu pushed the envelope.

Last September the designer showcased his interpretation of a burka made of micro-mini blonde braids. Joining the burka was a hairpiece shaped like pair of lips paired with three pairs of sunglasses woven within.

In February 2009, he debuted a head covering made entirely out of tiny white mice.

His latest pieces do not appear to be any more practical. His collection included teddy bear and flamingo style headdresses, lots of leopard and even a replica of the infamous Hollywood sign.

What’s the inspiration behind this madness you ask?

Le Mindu describes his interests quite simply on his official website: “stripers, Los Angeles, pink cadillacs and Cher.”

As a fairly young, 24-year-old designer, Le Mindu has already managed to project some major fashion statements as well as build quite a career for himself.

Born in rural France, he studied hairdressing at Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy before turning to wigs. He then opened his studio within East London where he is currently based.

In addition to his collections and celebrity clientele Le Mindu has styled editorials for various international Vogue publications, Marie Claire and Playboy as well as assisting with PR and advertising styling for Barbie Mattel.

This week’s London show marked his third major collection presentation and already Le Mindu has created an aura—risky, intriguing and far from the ordinary.


Kelly Ahern is a recent Roger Williams Univeristy graduate living in New England. She graduated with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and a Core Concertration in Italian. She is an aspiring PR professional who loves social media, fashion and traveling. You can find her on Twitter @Kelly_Ahern.

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