Alexander McQueen Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Paris
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In just ten outfits the Alexander McQueen brand once again stunned the fashion set with a collection that was pure haute couture in both its concept and execution.

The truncated collection, shown in the exquisite gilded halls of the Opéra Comique, was revealed in three back-to-back presentations for a privileged few. With Sarah Burton off on maternity leave the house decided to forgo a traditional runway show for a more intimate presentation setting.

It was a blessing in disguise. For how else but in close proximity could Burton’s exquisite attention to detail, mastery of tailoring and creative flourishes be truly appreciated. 

There was an unmistakable reference to the Virgin Queen and the Tudor/Elizabethan manner of dress in the theatrical silhouettes that saw models walk the catwalk with their heads enveloped in pearl cages, sporting reticella lace ruff collars and dramatic gowns resplendent in pure white organic lace or crafted with a gold filigree and a bodice festooned with pearls.

It was hard not to pick up on the religious vibe of this show. Burton has already been drawn to this particular form of dress in her pre collection and that concept had been amplified in this ready to wear show. For as much as there was innocence and light in the white ensembles, the black leather alternatives, which came covered in hundreds of perfectly lined up pearls, looked like sexy S&M versions clerical robes.

With so much opulence on display it is hard to imagine how the house will be able to dilute the concept down for wider consumption. But as Burton has proved over and over again, she can make dreams a reality.

- Jessica Michault
 

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