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Alexander McQueenSpring Summer 2015 Paris

Runway Review
9/30/2014 TeamFWP

The alluring and striking appeal of Japan's rich history has been an artistic guide for so many fashion designers in the past — rich in elegance and ornate detailing. For Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, the inspiration was intimate and special as she built the brand's Spring 2014 collection with her very own cherished assortment of vintage kimonos and fabric swatches in mind: pieces she began amassing when she started working at the brand as she visited Japan a few times a year for work.

Cherry blossoms, kimonos, and all things geisha are subjects brimming with symbolism, womanhood in its gentlest form, a complicated aura of authority, and sexuality. A mesmerizing mix of desire, warmth, satisfaction, and thrill were all sent down Burton's chimerical catwalk, accented with two incredibly large orchid sculptures created by Marc Quinn: one female and one male exuding both a dignified, yet exquisite sort of titillation.

The artistry and expertise of classic and customary Japanese design clearly attracted and charmed the brand this season as textures and fabrics were selected to execute unbelievable and marvelous fashion. As is fitting for the season, florals were introduced in an artful oversized pattern on cape dresses and frocks with exotic python for an interesting juxtaposition. The silhouettes were pulled in at the waist, the hemlines were leg-baring, and looks were anchored with knee-high black strappy leather sandals. A McQueen collection always has a layer of bizarreness and fantasy and that came in the form of black masks fractionally covering the face — pretty and expressionless, yet strong and confident.

Outerwear was expertly tailored and featured slits up to the elbows, prints, silver metal plaques, and the aforementioned alluring python skin. The kimono was spun on its head with plunging necklines, embroidery, sheer sleeves, and curve-hugging silhouettes taking on the form of blazers.

Harness-inspired dresses will be the exact things to show up on the red carpet in coming months due to their sensuality, naughtiness, cutout detailing, mesh insets, and figure-clinging fits. Lantern-sleeved frocks were some of the most beautiful and shapely designs in the assortment, instantly becoming veritable collectibles as soon they hit the runway.

Precision and definitude are McQueen trademarks and they were definitely on the agenda here with a nearly flawless collection that was brimming with craftsmanship. The word "masterpiece" comes to mind, but if it's too soon to put that on the table, a lineup brimming with gems and master work will suffice.

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9/30/2014 TeamFWP

The alluring and striking appeal of Japan's rich history has been an artistic guide for so many fashion designers in the past — rich in elegance and ornate detailing. For Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, the inspiration was intimate and special as she built the brand's Spring 2014 collection with her very own cherished assortment of vintage kimonos and fabric swatches in mind: pieces she began amassing when she started working at the brand as she visited Japan a few times a year for work.

Cherry blossoms, kimonos, and all things geisha are subjects brimming with symbolism, womanhood in its gentlest form, a complicated aura of authority, and sexuality. A mesmerizing mix of desire, warmth, satisfaction, and thrill were all sent down Burton's chimerical catwalk, accented with two incredibly large orchid sculptures created by Marc Quinn: one female and one male exuding both a dignified, yet exquisite sort of titillation.

The artistry and expertise of classic and customary Japanese design clearly attracted and charmed the brand this season as textures and fabrics were selected to execute unbelievable and marvelous fashion. As is fitting for the season, florals were introduced in an artful oversized pattern on cape dresses and frocks with exotic python for an interesting juxtaposition. The silhouettes were pulled in at the waist, the hemlines were leg-baring, and looks were anchored with knee-high black strappy leather sandals. A McQueen collection always has a layer of bizarreness and fantasy and that came in the form of black masks fractionally covering the face — pretty and expressionless, yet strong and confident.

Outerwear was expertly tailored and featured slits up to the elbows, prints, silver metal plaques, and the aforementioned alluring python skin. The kimono was spun on its head with plunging necklines, embroidery, sheer sleeves, and curve-hugging silhouettes taking on the form of blazers.

Harness-inspired dresses will be the exact things to show up on the red carpet in coming months due to their sensuality, naughtiness, cutout detailing, mesh insets, and figure-clinging fits. Lantern-sleeved frocks were some of the most beautiful and shapely designs in the assortment, instantly becoming veritable collectibles as soon they hit the runway.

Precision and definitude are McQueen trademarks and they were definitely on the agenda here with a nearly flawless collection that was brimming with craftsmanship. The word "masterpiece" comes to mind, but if it's too soon to put that on the table, a lineup brimming with gems and master work will suffice.


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