UNRAVELLING THE STORY OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION, WE FIND OURSELVES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN REALITY AND DREAMS, AT A PLACE WHERE UNBRIDLED ROMANTICISM OPPOSES GOTHIC LIFELINES.
Controversies have always played a major role in the creations of Lee Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton’s take on the house has integrated this heirloom ever since, even though her interpretation has developed lighter and softer, more romantic and has never been more feminine than for Spring/Summer 2016. But still, even illuminated, the gothic approach is a legacy to live on. Sarah Burton relived the Victorian era, summoning London Spitalfields seventeenth century silk weavers as the essence of her collection that beautifully merged with a soft gothic take in antique silver and pewter. Attached with tiny gothic pendants and pearls the collection’s harnesses suspended a time of taboos, stimulating subliminal seduction for Spring/Summer 2016.
Poetic blooms and romantic silks were worn with razor sharp metal chains and thus were the most write-worthy key pieces under the runway sightings. Seductive, intricate body jewels held together dresses that were falling off shoulders and spun delicate weaves around the models torsos. Harnesses turned from filigree into heavy and thick metal chains that decorated precisely tailored coats and trousers as well as tantalizing dresses. And none of them seemed risky to combine. Indeed they were the prime example of how to elegantly pull them off throughout the eras.
Fettered and captivated we witnessed this contemplating narrative that bursted into a romantic story, reflecting McQueen’s universe.