Monday, 05 October 2015

Alexander McQueen Spring 2016

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Paris Fashion Week is drawing to a close, after the likes of Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Balmain, Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant have shown off wonderful collections for the upcoming spring/summer 2016 season.

However it was British fashion brand, Alexander McQueen that had everybody talking, after a spellbinding collection which left many singing creative director, Sarah Burton’s praises.

The show opened with a variety of sweeping dresses, covered in ruffles, tiered chiffon layers, sheer lace and beautiful embroidery. High neck collars gave a hint towards a Victoriana love affair while the amazing, and I really do mean amazing, level of hand embroidery could easily be carried off as Haute Couture rather than just a ready-to-wear collection. It was romantic and whimsical, with models wearing minimal makeup and their hair tied back in a loose bun; flyaway strands surrounding the face as though they were a modern day Tess of the D'urbevilles. Necklaces came softly layered over tiny white crop tops and jackets while the beautiful dusky pinks, neutral beige and off white colours looked so pretty against each.

There was a strong sense of unearthly beauty and a feminine feeling, with so many historical references and intricate detailing adding finishes touches. There were Indian influences too, with loose trousers worn underneath skirts with small jackets on top, embellished sleeveless tops with casual blue jeans which came with multiple rips down the front and bold red and white jackets. Sarah Burton presented a modern McQueen girl who still carried a sense of intrigue and drama.

A lot of the dresses were sheer, in either black or white which added a sense of mystery and while the floral maxi dresses which hung a-symmetrically were very majestic and regal. The show ended with various floral patterns decorated on dresses then came the show stopping feathered skirts, warrior style corsets in monochrome and yards of fabric gathered delicately across the bottom of the dresses. Not only were there longer dresses, but shorter prom styles were also presented adorned in more frills and high necks with large buttons along the middle.

A truly magical and stunning collection which it seems could very easily be the highlight of Paris Fashion Week.