‘’Look up and see the sky’’, said Sarah Burton. For her first real-life Alexander McQueen show since the pandemic, she gathered people inside a giant transparent dome, designed by architect Smiljan Radic, at the top of an East London car park, for an encounter with the aerial powers of nature: “a show in the sky”.
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Looking at the “ever-changing, all-encompassing magnificence” of the sky that she and the McQueen team see from the studio every day as her primary source of inspiration, Burton said she wanted to capture everything from the tranquility of a clear blue day to the unease of turbulent storms.
“I am interested in immersing myself in the environment in which we live and work, in London and in the elements as we experience them each day”, Burton wrote in the show notes. “We moved from water – and the mud on the banks of the Thames – to the sky and the ever-changing, all-encompassing magnificence that represents”.
Entitled “London Skies“, the show celebrates beauty and the immensity of white clouds that crash against the clear blue sky, masses of voluminous and above all changing gaseous material. The garments themselves aptly reflected the surrounding environment, as many featured prints of photographs shot by the Alexander McQueen team from the rooftops of the house’s studio.
McQueen girls decked out in punk-inspired trenches and billowing outerwear, complete with chunky boots and utilitarian sneakers, are certainly ready to bear the brunt of inclement weather. Not only commenting on the grim realities of the present, the collection also featured a range of lighthearted tulle gowns and embroidered pieces – hinting at the complex duality of mankind’s relationship with nature.
Elsewhere, the brand made a big accessories push, offering plenty of new shades for its Curve bucket bag and a new, briefcase-style shoulder bag with the signature knuckle fastening and a chunky chain. Footwear styles, from white sneakers to punk-ish platform boots, and low heels were cool, too – and made for women on the move.
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