Alexander McQueen

: Between the royal wedding and the record-breaking exhibit at the Met, Alexander McQueen has quickly become a household name among the masses. For spring, creative director Sarah Burton met the mythology of McQueen head-on with an ambitious offering inspired by oceanic life. The three G’s framed the collection: Grès, Gaudí and Gaia. Fortuny-style pleated fabrics were swathed, draped and braided à la Madame Grès into dresses and suits that bore the statuesque structures that have come to define the brand, as well as the famed Spanish architect. Gossamer prints, undulating ripples of fabric and opalescent embellishments mimicked the landscape of the deep sea and channeled the otherworldly splendor of the earth goddess. The waters were not all tranquil and  transcendental, however: True to the nature of McQueen, corseted belts and platforms, sinuous panels of leather cutwork and bondage-y bodysuits hinted at a dark, savage side to all the beauty. – Nivara Xaykao

Silhouette: Hourglass

Color: Gold / Carnation pink / Pomegranate

Key Items: Peplum jacket / Flared pencil skirt / Babydoll dress

Print + Pattern: Barnacle textures / Oyster ripples / Blurred florals

Materials: Micro-pleated silk / Lamé / Matelassé / Patent leather / Chantilly lace / Organza / Tulle

Details + Trim: Shoulder pads / Flounces / Laser cutting / Zippers / Coral shells / Pearls / Faceted crystals / Glass bugle beads

Accessories + Footwear: Corset belt / Corset platforms / Lace caps

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