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Paris Fashion Week - Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton has the bug for insects this season, showing a dragonfly-scattered men’s collection and womenswear swarming with bees.

This took the form of embroidered insects or honeycomb-patterned jacquards, beekeeper-inspired netting and honey-like resin accessories. The show opened with wasp-waist jackets bound with fetish belts that accentuated the insect-like peplums. Then came the dresses, with corset detailing, cages and underpinnings on show. It culminated with flower-strewn dresses that, while beautiful, sometimes fell on the wrong side of costume versus couture.

In short Burton’s tailoring and beekeeper dresses are unlikely to drive the high street crazy.

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