Fashion inspiration: Sea creatures in Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2012

Remarkable collection of underwater thesis merged with the dignity of the ice queens was presented in a magnificent fashion translation stamped by Alexander  McQueen for Spring/Summer 2012 season. Sarah Burton, the creative mind of Alexander McQueen’s brand was highly inspired by the sea – one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wonders of the nature. The cast of mythological sirens and glorious sea creatures followed the aquatic influence with the intricate, well-detailed masterpieces, complexity of forms and its multiple interpretations on fabrics. There was supremacy of lightweight materials like silk chiffon, organza and tulle giving the feeling of softness and finesse. The fabrics outlined the nature of the waterfalls, sea foams,oyster like designs, coral Raff forms implemented on the gowns  The palette of colors had very gentle and romantic feel with the scope for white, shell pink, silvery lilac and peach hues to gold opulence of matelassé Jacquard and strong coral-red. There was also a space for the signature of Gothic black in fetish transition of laser cut leather with lingerie detailing. Very interesting accent was presented through the lace headpieces. With the top-to-toe concept, the innovative treatment expressed the dramatic illusion of the sea.
The fashion show was the art presentation blurring the line between reality and theatrical performance depicting nymphs, ethereal beings and aquatic creatures.  Balancing among mathematical precision,couture artistry and costume design Sarah Burton managed to continue the legacy initiated by McQueen himself with the DNA of the house.  
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McQ Pre-Fall 2012

Victorian tailoring exposed with aristocratic touch and rustic influence of 1967’s movie “Far from the Madding Crowd”  are the indications for McQ Pre-Fall 2012 collection. Followed by the mainline of Alexander McQueen’s signature, Sarah Burton continues the legacy with the consistency for dramatic touches in McQ line. There are tomboy interpretations as well as lady like silhouettes underlining the structure and rhythm of the line. Military styles blend with elegant sharpness of the Victorian vixen.  The collection depicts interesting profiles outlining detailed ruffled blouses and high neck collars, aristocratic outwear and feminine contours in the dresses – strictly speaking uniformity and sophistication.  There is a feeling of a smart decorum clashed with punk attitude by subtle yet edgy detailing of zippers, chains, double wide belts, cropped leather gloves. The palette balances among chalky and creamy whites through coral splash of red and maroon, grey and black core. Interesting brush stroke prints remind us about Alexander McQueen’s affinity to surrealism.
After such aperitif I can’t wait for the main dish during the London Fashion Week in February 2012.

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Mystical Fantasy – Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign
photographed by David Sims
featuring Raquel Zimmermann

The signature of Alexander McQueen as always captivating and with the touch of ethereality follows their concept on their Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign captured by David Sims. Small dose of Harry Potter vibe and great impact on apocalyptic vision with religious background highlight the key designs of Sarah Burton. Featuring model Raquel Zimmermann surrounded by dark mysterious scenery resembles the imagery of supernatural being, like a saint during intimate revelation.   The images reminds me about the editorial with Abbey Lee Kershaw depicting Joan of Arc theme.