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Alexander McQueen

Autumn 12

There was an organic futurism from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, where her garden of the future came to life. Structured mini skirts, dresses and puffy fur shrugs in pure white resembled pod-like seedlings. These began to blossom as bursts of fur and feathered puffball coats and dresses that billowed like swaying sea anemones. An A-line shape emerged as the most delicate cut-out tiered dresses somehow combined a feeling of lightness with heavy over-embellishment. The showstoppers came as the seedlings from earlier burst into life in huge waves of ruffles and an explosion of feathers in pink, red and black. With all its stunning beauty it was a pleasure to see Burton let her creative imagination run free. While there may be little of wearable or commercial value, sometimes it’s nice just to look at something so beautiful.

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