Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2012 2013
WOW I am in shock! Sarah Burton is a true genius in every sense of the word.
I will start by mentioning that since the tragic end of Alexander McQueen she has done everything right. From Kate Middleton’s gown, to every men’s show so far, to the very first runway McQ show that just showed in London, also the hit women’s Ready-to-wear collections, and today there was the true pleasure of viewing her art, take to the catwalk in a new way. Something lighter, and more free was seen in the seams of this collection, perhaps it was the wings to the whole McQueen saga.
Last season we saw ornate masks on the models faces in every imaginable shape, some transparent while others opaque. But one thing was certain, the Spring 2012 collection was dark. Darker than a lot of the shows designed by Alexander McQueen himself. Perhaps Burton was missing her old friend and design buddy? With the change in mood from the collection, maybe this means a new leaf for Sarah Burton and the Alexander McQueen line.
So obviously there was a lot of white and a lot of fluffy fuzzy materials and fabrics. Fur was a huge element to the show and was not used sparingly. The ruffles and pleats in skirts, sleeves and capes were an ode to a more majestic time where these pieces were selected for specific galas and parties. The clothes were ornate and decorated with tiny flower like embroidery telling of a romantic time, but the accessories were all futuristic.
Shield glasses that nearly covered the entire face were on nearly every model. The belts were crafted like a misshapen pair of spoons jutting out from the waist or a large flower all in silver, and the boots were tall with black platforms and had thick belted fabric that matched the outfits coming up to the knees or that stopped just above ankle length.
As the collection progressed the fabric turned into lace, the fur travelled from the necks and gloves to the boots and eventually ensnared the entire outfit in long luxurious hair. Then, almost effortlessly, the hair turned into feathers in silver, soft pink, and violet.
The evening wear introduced flowing tulle with butterfly-like feather tufts and ruffs that accentuated the face which was still nearly completely covered by the black sheild glasses. Everything melted away when the looks turned to giant artistic dresses that had tiered silhouettes and a structured way about them that can’t be described in a reasonable amount of words. In this case the pictures do more justice than anything I could write.