As the most anticipated London Fashion Week happening perhaps ever, the return of Alexander McQueen to the UK schedule from the usual show in Paris did not disappoint. Creative Director Sarah Burton and her team's inimitable ability to summon a fairytale for a runway made our city a more magical place for 30 minutes last night. We all fell down the rabbit hole and into a characterful couture-like landscape. Vogue Runway's Sarah Mower explains, "[Burton] delivered the most beautiful, sensitive, and breathtakingly crafted Alexander McQueen collection.... Almost literally, it was spun out of dreams."
Closer inspection of the garments and you could see why someone would state such a thing: Not only were these dramatic gowns, minidresses and incredible coats intricately and lovingly assembled out of the finest embroideries and embellishments, leaving no potential surface area without a smattering of McQueen-branded pixie dust, but the actual themes at play were otherworldly and surreal too.
Take the first coat, modeled by campaign girl Natalie Westling—it featured giant embroidered clocks, butterflies, lions and chains. From the hair—lavishly punctuated with glimmering brooches—down to the feet—chunky two-strap sandals also finished by motif embellishments—we were enthralled, start to finish. This is what historical fashion moments are made of.
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