Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Cruise/Resort 2013


New York: When looking for inspiration for a collection, David Bowie isn’t a bad place to start. For Cruise/Resort 13, Sarah Burton delved into the singer’s many dramatic looks, borrowing bits and pieces for her outstanding presentation. Bowie’s obsession with the future seemed to have inspired many of the looks. The first few, in particular, were made from silver jacquard and styled with extra-wide Lucite and silver belts, the perfect accessory for the space age. Dramatically flared pants created the illusion of inhumanly long legs. Burton also played with the masculine/feminine dichotomy, which Bowie pioneered, showing sharply tailored pieces with ruffled and embroidered blouses. Elaborate craftsmanship, always a priority in a McQueen collection, was on display here. Snakeskin was pieced into an Art Deco pattern for dresses and suits; swirling multicolored jewels decorated a tailored blazer; Asian-inspired embroidery covered jumpsuits and jackets. Gilded gowns, encrusted with tiny gold beads, looked like liquid on the body. Expect to see them on the red carpet in no time. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Flared / Hourglass

Color: Silver / Bronze / Gold / Tangerine / Optic white / Black

Key Items:  Flared pantsuits / Embroidered blouse / Gold evening gowns / Embroidered jumpsuit

Materials: Jacquard / Organza / Wool suitings / Silk charmeuse / Snakeskin

Print + Pattern: Dragonflies / Art Deco-inspired geometrics / Asian-inspired avian scenes

Details + Trim: Beading / Jewels / Appliqués / Embroidery / Piecing / Ruffles / Halter necklines

Accessories + Footwear: Extra-wide Lucite and silver belts / Jeweled leather and chain belts / Minaudieres / Snakeskin platform peep-toe ankle strap heels / Pieced snakeskin platform loafers / Jeweled leather and chain platform sandals


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