Thursday, October 27, 2011

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Alexander McQueen has long been a source of inspiration for me - someone who combines artistry with technical genius, masculine and feminine, both minimal and over the top ornateness. I love a sense of magic and am drawn to the dream world that this design house evokes. Sadly Alexander is no longer with us but the new Creative Director Sarah Burton seems more than capable of carrying the company forward.

I hope you enjoy these two videos - the first is the catwalk show of the Spring 2012 collection and the second is an interview with Sarah about the inspiration behind the collection which is inspired by an underwater world. The show is memorising in many ways; the liquid golds, soft corals and black, the organic movement of the fabrics, the slightly Gothic yet ethereal lace masks. Waists are pulled in with chunky metallic belts in contrast with oceans of soft ruffles.

It's amazing to get an insight into both the workspace and creative process involved. Sarah describes the collection -

“I was thinking about a woman as an object of desire. We go to such lengths to adorn ourselves that we almost become our clothes or are taken over by them. This is a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme.”
In this short film by Dustin Lynn, The New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn meets Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier to explore the house’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

I hope you enjoyed the two videos! For more information on McQueen, visit the website. You might like to read my previous post too.


Peters Girl said...

It's fantastic to see that Sarah is keeping the McQueen shows as dramatic and challenging as they have always been. So much inspiration, but I do not want to walk in those shoes!

Aisling said...

Thanks Sarah -

Yes, the shoes might be a bit challenging!