Alexander McQueen presented strong, but feminine silhouettes on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (04Mar19).
Designer Sarah Burton, who’s been at the helm since label founder Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, may have showed her fall/winter 19 offerings in the French capital, but the collection was all British, with Burton taking her design team to British Mills in the north of England.
And doffing her hat to these wool manufacturers, guests sat on rolls of fabric from their mills, instead of chairs or benches.
The collection itself was a fusion of sharp and exquisite tailoring, swaths of silk taffeta – seen on evening dresses – and slinky, sheer eveningwear.
Opening with her take on new season tailoring, Burton sent models down the runway in trouser suits with jackets elegantly nipped in at the waist; a boxy red and black version was a highlight.
This soon gave way to a punkier aesthetic, with chains and belts adorning a white shirt dress and a monochrome ankle-length wool number, which clung to the model’s figure.
Patent, lace-up boots added to the rebellious vibe, with versions of the shoes being worn throughout – teamed with suits, skirts, and glamorous dresses.
The voluminous taffeta dresses seen towards the end were real showstoppers, with the red version giving off the effect of giant roses.
Earlier in the day, Giambattista Valli also showed. It was a less frothy affair than his usual collection, with the Italian designer adding high-shine patent pieces alongside pretty florals, animal prints, and lace panelling.
The sexy looks gave way to frillier, girly dresses, with the marabou-covered strappy sandals that were teamed with a lot of the looks adding a fuzzy, soft touch to the day.
On Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton will all be showing.
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