Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection
Last season the Alexander McQueen show was breathtaking, elegantly detailed, and fit for a… Duchess. We at Fashion Collection loved the season’s design as if it were designed by Alexander McQueen himself however, there was definitely a certain edge missing from the Fall 2011 line and we yearned for it.
For Spring 2012 Sarah Burton took to the collection with ferocity and a very passionate drive to make it the namesake collection everyone has come to expect over the years with couture-like pieces and craftsmanship that is unmatched. But Burton was also able to add a dash of herself this season.
The personality in the Spring 2012 collection shone some light onto why Sarah Burton was hired by and looked at as McQueen’s number one lady. It turns out little miss Burton is not all Frilly- Frou-Frou after all. Nope, from this collection it would be fair to say that she is more of a princess by day, but a vixen by night! Nearly all the looks had some sort of mask that either just covered the hair in an ethereal blue mesh or a full face and head cover with black lace in the shape of bats streaked across the face. From whimsy to villainous the show was perfect for both Snow White and Evil Queen Grimhilde.
Lots of light weight silks that danced as the models moved, fitted bodices detailed with embroidery and ruffles, and long capes weighed down with gradient beading were seen at McQueen Spring 2012. Paris Fashion Week has seen a great many shows this season that were unique and incredible but none will compare to this showing of fine craftsmanship and tailoring seen here.
The shoes for this collection were similar to the shoes created by the late Alexander McQueen in that they were mostly all heeless and many had cutouts in the wedge part of the platform. There were many straps darting back and forth the top of the foot and occasionally all the way up the leg to just below the knee. Sometimes these corset-like laces were adorned with silk flowers or glass beading whose colors would match the outfit they were paired with.
Some of the masks produced for the collection allowed for breathing and had the eyes nose and mouth exposed while others barely allowed the wearer to see. One headpiece was decorated with white glass beads and shells near the top while the left side was covered with black diamond shaped sequin. These caps were all hand made and definitely took hours and hours to create but sadly will probably not see the light of day. Unless Anna Dello Russo or Daphne Guiness decides to do what they normally do and rock the runway look for nothing more than sheer expression and no doubt to kick austerity in the teeth.