October 21, 2015
By Marius Brianski
Photos Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Paris, France – Toning down the rigid signature style of the Alexander McQueen house, artistic director Sarah Burton presented one of her most beautiful collections.
Unpredictable, yet still very romantic with fairytale heroines and childhood fantasies coming down the catwalk is how one could sum up the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The drama Alexander got everybody used to is still present with asymmetric coats, ripped jeans, lace dresses over pants, straight knit sheaths, long frilled dresses, men’s suits and decorative leather wear. Each piece is mastered to perfection. The lengths vary from corseted mini’s to enchanting long gowns.
The inspiration behind the work is the Huguenots, a 17th Century sect of French protestants. Many of them where skilled silk weavers. One could see the many couture fabrics like shredded silk faille, floral jacquard, silk taffeta, embroidered leather, lace and tulle with patterns of doves and trellises of flowers. Florals, ruffles and fringing were essential in creating the delicate, yet powerful effect. The body hugging gowns accentuate the women’s curves, with different forms of sexy from necklines, slits, sheer see-through to high collars.
To contrast the softness of the clothes we can find bold accessories with heavy pearl and crystal necklaces, chain earings, metal clutches, arch heeled shoes and sneakers. And the color palette consists mostly of faded pastels, ivory, blue, black and red.
As a result of Burton having her finger on the pulse of the Alexander McQueen DNA, we can be sure many major international stars rocking Alexander McQueen at major events held during the new season.