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Alexander McQueen LFW AW16: Surreal romanticism

LONDON: Sarah Burton described her woman as: “Almost sleepwalking, in a state where reality and dreams become blurred,” at the beginning of what transpired to be the most exquisite vision of ethereal silhouettes seen thus far for A/W 2016. The spell was cast from the first handcrafted leather coat embellished and handpainted with surreal motifs such as pocket watches, lips, and butterflies to ruffles cascading over and around décolletés and sylph-like sheer silk and knit dresses.  From there to the boudoir, with a majestic light pink eiderdown coat, lined with marabou and covered with embroidered phases of the moon and stars. “That one started life as an antique piece we found on Portobello market,” the designer commented. Breathtaking. This was the stuff that dreams are made of. – Lizzy Bowring

Trends: Surreal romanticism

Colour: Black, Blush, Light pink, Cream, Oyster

Key Items: Appliqued leather coat, Tailored sartorial trouser suits, Lace bras, Knit dresses, Fine knit dresses, Feathered skirts, Body sculpted leather dress, Exaggerated sleeves

Trims and Materials: Jacquards, Tulle, Silk chiffon, Lace, Sequins diamante embroideries, Ostrich plumes, Buckles, Fur collars

Print and Pattern: Surrealist prints of watches, eyes, butterflies, Phases of the moon, Jacquards, Handpainted flowers – tuberose, Lips

Footwear and Accessories: Diamante ankle strapped heels, Chain chokers, Pin brooches, Ostrich embellished heels, Fur clutch, Diamante hairpieces, Gloves

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