Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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THE FEMININE COCOON
Paris: Sarah Burton’s work for Alexander McQueen has continued the legendary designer’s tradition of drama and remained faithful to the experimental nature of the label. For Fall her confidently feminine superheroines came clad in frothy ruffles, feathers and fur, their silhouettes exploded into round or flared dresses and skirts. Furry platform moon boots, sculpted metal corset belts and extended visors provided edge while Burton’s textural details included leather laser cut into a doily motif, floral appliqué, and inky fur pom-poms. The collection as a whole became a daring vision of airy volume, and ostrich feather halter dresses or floral brocade gowns in bright fuchsia could even find a home on the red carpet. But Burton’s more extreme pieces, such as a-line petticoats paired with bra tops and cocoons of layered lavender organza, were strictly for theatrical enjoyment.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Hourglass / Fitted / Round / A-line / Cocoon
Color: White / Pale pink / Black / Dove grey / Silver / Fuchsia / Crimson / Lavender
Key Items: Tiered hourglass dresses / Fur capelets / Cape dresses / Nipped waist peplum jackets / Laser cut leather coats / Fur embellished dresses / Shaggy fur coats / Ostrich feather halter dresses / Bra tops / A-line petticoat skirts / Ruffled evening gowns
Materials: Organza / Jacquard / Feathers / Leather / Brocade / Netting / Chiffon / Silk / Satin / Fur
Print + Pattern: Graphic florals
Details + Trim: Fur sleeves / Pleating / Ruffles / Peplums / Floral appliqué / Zippers / Fur pom-poms
Accessories + Footwear: Visors / Metal corset belts / Fur boots / Fur and leather gloves / Platform sandals / Molded metal necklaces
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