Runway Spotlight: Alexander McQueen

Paris Fashion Week | Paris 

Alexander McQueen

Spotlighting a favorite from SpringSummer 2013:

 

What does one say when one looks brilliance in the eye? How does one verbalize when one sees excruciatingly and palpable beauty? How many Queen Bees can there be … quite literally? So it is Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, who without question, answers the rallying cry of how does a house/brand perpetuate the original vision of its namesake designer? The only answers I can come up with are Sarah Burton and for a brief moment in time, Bill Gaytten.

The visual overload that Ms. Burton creates with this collection is an amazing feat of both technique and design abilities which are rarely seen on any runway or in any country. Yes, one might draw comparisons to Mugler, Krizia, Gaultier and maybe a little Charles James thrown in for even more drama but who cares when the end result is this!

The honeycomb is the overriding pattern of choice here and tortoise is the backup accessory of choice. The only thing that came to mind is that there is a Queen Bee in this hive and her name is Sarah Burton. If the raison d’être for all presentations this season has been house codes, vocabulary and DNA, there is no one who has quite so skillfully “spoken” and “cloned” them. Do not think for one second that Ms. Burton has not played it forward as she has most certainly expanded upon the vision of Alexander McQueen in ways, which one might find inconceivable. There are no details overlooked, not a misstep in the lineup and it is all unmistakably McQueen.

What does one say when one is witness to fashion history? | Jeffrey Felner

 

picture via Giovanni Giannoni

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