July 12, 2013

fashion friday

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013Sarah Burton first became a household name in 2011 after it was revealed she was the designer behind the wedding dress for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Since then, her designs as Creative Director for Alexander McQueen have not only proved worthy enough to lead the vision for this famous British label, but (in my mind) to also be one of the main leaders that sets the world’s fashion stage season after season.

Sarah’s Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection is nothing short of breathtaking grandeur. A nod to religion and infused with McQueen’s tradition of “chic wickedness” this collection is perfectly timed as the Church of England voted on Monday in favor of ordaining women bishops.

Inspired by “the low church, puritans, nuns, and popes” Sarah’s collection starts off with the “low church” – velvet coats, capes that add to the religious drama, nipped waists, shirtdresses with billowy sleeves, and even a model whose stance conveys a subdued austerity.

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013

The collection then moves into an area, with less religious overtones, that exquisitely captures the feminine silhouette with a play on light and dark using stark colours and heavy embroidery.

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013

Rich colours and lavish brocade fabric sweeps the collection into the extravagant and less puritanical.

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013

By the end of the collection any hint of a religious marking is left far behind with luxe white fur and a “communion lace” dress that has a plunging neckline, and organza frills framing a cut-out through which a lace bra can be seen.

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013

The final piece is the most breathtaking – to be admired as a pure work of art. Reminiscent of the Madonna, the craftsmanship that went into this garment is unparalleled.

alexander mcqueen pre-fall 2013

If this is the pre-Fall collection it’s hard to imagine how Sarah will top it, but she’s apparently promised that it will be “something quite different.” Can’t wait!

  • Alicia

    WOW! Great post!

  • Margie

    Her creations are elegant yet bold and innovative enough to appeal to any age. Fun to see the transition laid out so well. 🙂