Inspired by a dream about a princess living in a 600 year old elm tree then creating a story about her meeting her love and becoming a queen? Fashion doesn’t get any more fantastical than this.
This collection was a complete tear away from the Spring Summer 08 collection which was inspired by the late Isabella Blow and it just shows how diverse and unpredictable McQueen can be. He is a man after my own heart and it looks like he’s not going to stop anytime soon.
What Alexander McQueen sent down his Parisian runway ( or should I say a stroll around an elm tree that was a replica of his in his backyard) for Fall Winter 08/09 was beautiful clothes fit for a queen.
The models walked out with such an air of royalty and haughtiness that you’re expecting a command from them to go scrub the kitchen floor or something. The clothes are done in true McQueen fashion; sharp tailoring and intricate details with an abundance of luxurious fabrics and completed with exquisite jewels for crowns. All that exuberant luxury makes you stop and wonder if this is pret-a-porter or haute couture.
By the time the final dress came out in all its blood red silk glory, I had tears in my eyes, as cliched as it may sound it is the only way to describe how I feel ( well, it’s either this or ‘THIS IS SO ORGASMIC! AAHH!’).
When we get annoyed and lost in the mad flurry that is Fashion Week, sometimes all it takes is a beautiful collection to remind us of the reasons why we go through all this. And Alexander McQueen gave us just that.
Here’s the beauty in all its moving glory. An orchestra version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? Alexander can do no wrong in my book.
– Joyce Lui
Image Credits: style.com