PFW: Alexander McQueen too extreme for a princess?

We loved Kate Middleton’s wedding dress but were still glad to see an edgy collection from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

I’ve always been fascinated by the design house’s obsession with the less obvious side of beauty and exploration of darkness, whilst still producing exquisitely crafted feminine fashion.

So this ‘extreme beauty collection,’ which a press release described as: a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme,” had me hooked.

In a completely different way to Thierry Mugler, McQueen has also updated the fetish trend for Spring 2012 with corsets, lace-up boots, hoods and shards of black plastic making up masks, but also with a lot of softness in the form of floaty dresses and an abundance of lace.

Whilst some catwalk shows give the audience a flavour of what we’ll be seeing on the red-carpet or a hint of lust-have shoes
and handbags, McQueen gave us a concept and proof that the fascinatingly contradictory qualities of a quintessentially McQueen collection are still very much alive under Burton. For me, this is less shopping inspiration and more art.

Just wow!

McQueen turns to the dark side

Extreme beauty- this piece says it all!

Feminine floatiness contrasts with the metallic strapping

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