The Alexander McQueen label brings extreme British fashion to Paris Fashion Week – and the results are always spectacular. To open the spring/summer 2013 show, McQueen’s models took to the runway in 1960s-style cut-out prints with a finish that resembled metallic gold stripped paint, for a rough, tough, urban look and feel. Adding a feminine edge, waists were nipped in with thick, rustic gold belts that created a peplum effect. Outfits were accessorised with large, matching cut-out hats and calf-length platform boots with gold-plated soles. To warm up the show, Sarah Burton introduced volume in ruffle-layered dresses in powdery yellow and safari brown.
As an alternative twist, the hems became shorter until the models were seen in cage-style ruffled mini skirts with gold-embroidered bustier tops, finished off with thigh-high fishnets. As the eveningwear progressed, heavy silver and gold embellishment joined the runway in a variety of peplum tops with hemlines shaped like butterfly wings, worn over bright gold skinny cropped trousers.
As a reminder of the flamboyant and vibrant voluminous gowns seen in the autumn/winter 12 runway show, McQueen’s models stepped out in appliqued off-the-shoulder petticoat dresses with cutout print underlays. The classic Minnie Mouse cartoon character was incorporated into many designs at London Fashion Week and Sarah Burton also paid homage with a bright red mesh Minnie Mouse print dress featuring off-the-shoulder hanging sleeves and a plunge bra front, accessorised with a gold buckle belt.
Playing to McQueen’s tough and rugged but feminine aesthetic, models later showcased cage-style pieces, while the floor-length gowns became more exaggerated and three-dimensional. Appliqué details became larger and more vibrant, while the cage-style bustier tops held everything together. The collection reflected a strong, tough, modern woman – who likes to break the mould and showcase her soft and feminine side in her own eclectic, standout way.
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