Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2013

Before I start on this somewhat negative review of the Alexander McQueen show, I would like to point out that I am extremely grateful that Sarah Burton is at the helm (instead of some ridiculous ego) and that she has done excellent, amazing work since her appointment. But I’m over her costume productions, and am eager for some real clothes. We know she can make them, Kate Middleton wears them all the time (when she is wearing clothes, hehe) but her catwalk shows have become these elaborate, ornate displays of overdone clothing.

A quick look back on McQueen’s history reveals that he has always sent a lot of real clothes down the runway, despite some very unusual show styling and productions (Plato’s Atlantis was perhaps the one exception to this) because he was a clothing designer. But Sarah Burton is showing her costume design skills, and I’m bored of extreme corsetry, insane shoes, bizarre headwear and full skirts made of everything but fabric. It looks fantastic on the catwalk, but I’d like to see how she dresses the real woman, before Kate Middleton is photographed wearing it. Sarah, you have made your mark, now let’s get down to the business of designing clothes.

I love…

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a very ornate little shorts suit. This lovely tailoring segment was the only real clothes in the show.

I loathe…

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overly costume-y clothing. McQueen liked to dress women, not just characters.

Paris, catwalk, runway show, review, critic, spring summer 2013, Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton

Little Bo Peep on drugs.

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wicked witch costumes.

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when everything is so overdone.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Kari

    I agree with you, this was my least favourite collection that Sarah Burton as done yet, but if you’re looking for real clothes from her, they’re all in resort/pre-fall.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ellen-Tsai/553678062 Ellen Tsai

    I would quite happily walk out of the house in all of them but the last dress… not because I don’t like that dress but because I don’t want to collect all the autumn leaves in town….

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    You are brave! Not sure I’d wear any of that stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ellen-Tsai/553678062 Ellen Tsai

    Life’s better with more wired and wonderful stuff… LOL

  • Judy

    The cage dress + flowers just plain remind me of dolce and gabbana…