Paris Fashion Week Recap: Alexander McQueen



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     In the midst of the entire Fashion Week hubbub, I really only kept an eye out for one show: Alexander McQueen. I adore Alexander McQueen’s taste for drama. Nipped waists, bejeweled chokers, and gleaming tortoiseshell dominated the runway as these stunning models strutted with a teeming energy. Sarah Burton, Lee McQueen’s protégé and the new head of the fashion house, allowed her show to work around the theme of flowers and, specifically, bees. The dresses were aimed for a Victorian/Gothic-style slant, frothy fabrics reminding me of tea parties, corsets of breathing difficulties. Latticed crowns reminiscent of honeycombs suspended themselves from the models’ heads, allowing the pieces to shine with an almost erotic beauty. The dark, restrained silhouettes in the beginning eventually gave bloom to a softer, more radiant vision. Starting out with edgy harnesses and cuffs, the standout looks glided in at the end – four dazzling whimsies, replete with flowers, harnesses, and hoop skirts. 


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     The technique in creating the pieces was virtuosic, a trademark of McQueen craftsmanship. However, the show was strangely devoid of a story. As the models swished away down the catwalk, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why is there so much buzzing?”  Of course, this show is no VOSS (the infamous 2001 SS show featuring a naked model enclosed in a cage full of moths), but Burton has taken a smart step in creating her own strangely beautiful style from scratch, while staying true to what the McQueen fashion house promises: visions of spectacle galore.

Image Courtesy of Alexander McQueen Archives
Image Courtesy of Alexander McQueen Archives

Although Paris Fashion Week covers a slew of ridiculously talented designers, Alexander McQueen always leaves me craving for more.  


Caroline Young

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