Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2012

Alexander McQueen‘s underwater-themed show certainly stood out in a sea of very boring spring summer 2012 collections. The collection is quite wild, which is very typical McQueen, but Sarah Burton has certainly added her own handwriting to this brand, because everything feels so much softer and feminine. Did I love it? Well, I certainly didn’t loathe it, and there were some incredibly beautiful pieces on the catwalk. But I am not convinced this show was pure genius, and although it was stunning, it didn’t merit Emmanuelle Alt bowing down in front of Sarah Burton backstage.

I love…

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

the incredible pleating details that make up the braided collar of this jacket. I wish I could see this up close.

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

this crazy, slimy looking gold fabric. Its is grotesquely amazing.

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

a cascade of ruffles.

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

the metallic harness over a fluffy soft peach dress.

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

that I finally get to see something truly beautiful on the spring summer 2012 catwalks. This layered lace is incredible.

Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Paris fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, spring summer 2012

the underwater theme, this is an incredible representation of coral.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Hungstar

    This show was absolutely superb. Look 23 on Siri Tollerød, a short coral red dress that looked like an explosion of sea sponge, reminded me of Marchesa…but I think that’s because Marchesa copies so much and shoves it in front of the red carpet. There is no escape from Marchesa. Anyway, I loved this collection and I think that the House of Alexander McQueen is in very safe hands. I would definitely bow down to Sarah Burton after seeing this collection.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll agree the coral and sea sponge looking dresses are superb. In fact, the whole collection is superb, and I think the house is in good hands. But Burton is doing what McQueen did, in her own way, but it is still his ideas (this may change eventually.) So she deserves credit for staying true to his vision, but McQueen deserves to be bowed down to.

  • http://twitter.com/Ines_Cruz Inés Cruz

    I agree with you… but then again… isn’t McQueen something needed in fashion? the drama, the details… I don’t know. Even if she’s beeing loyal to the brand, I find that you can actually see her there too. In any case, I enjoyed the colecction: wow factor +  beautiful pieces… much more to say about it than any other show, where everybody (except probably Prada) went pretty safe and boring…

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  • Iankettle

    There are a number of undeniably beautiful pieces on show here, but what are we really looking at! Take away the (spectacular) box of Mc Queen tricks they are able to plunder each season and what are you really left with? The whole thing feels all to familiar from a McQueen collection. I am not sure her decision to use such a heavy ‘theme’ was such a good idea! You cant tone down the conceptual element McQueen and then play it up all at the same time, it was muddles for me, the theme element came across as a tad studenty. Are you wearable or are you conceptual, the answer was always clear before, now it is not…For me one of the unsung heroes of McQueens work was the cutting, it is simply missing here, the lines are flaccid and unchallenging, plus there were some dreadful old glamour silhouettes..!

    I may be an old grump but i would rather see a Sarah Burton collection (she is clearly talented and would do well on her own) than an ever diluted resurrection of the McQueen brand just to sell copious amounts of pants, perfume and damn skull scarfs…

  • Anonymous

    Good points, Ian. The shoes and masks were definitely part of the McQueen “box of tricks.” The thing is, PPR wants to sell more skull scarves and perfume, and they could have never guessed how profitable McQueen’s suicide would be.