It is hard to watch the Alexander McQueen fall/winter 2015-2016 collection on the Paris Fashion Week runway and not think of ladies of the night jumping through cake, tumbling about and waking up with some very frizzy hair. Between the fashions and the beauty looks, this is the first thing that pops into mind, though we certainly like seeing the slight splash of color finding its way into an Alexander McQueen collection.
McQueen’s an interesting fellow who left us too soon. His antics are remembered well though and his “bumster” denims made their way around the world to become one of the biggest fads, lowering the waistlines perilously close to the edge of the crack and showing off as much skin at the midriff as possible. His craziest antic by far has been the plastic moulded corset that McQueen had stuffed with worms and sent down the catwalk. Thinking of those days, the modern pieces by Sarah Burton, named creative director since May 2010, after McQueen’s death, are nothing to be afraid of in comparison.
While the hairstyles of the models brought down onto the runway are not quite the lovely chic we may have expected, they most certainly are perfect for an Alexander McQueen collection and rather seem to match with the fabulous dresses sported by the females that take to the stage. Starting off with a sequin embroidered coat with a cinched waists and black shiny to matte leather boots underneath, the looks begin to show a rather doll-like feel, bringing the long coat down to jacket size and throwing a black turtleneck underneath, the black and creamy white accordion skirt falling to the knees. That skirt comes in red as well and looks positively perfect with a bustier (considering you are not as flat as that model, it should fit better) and over the elbow long gloves. The creamy half boots are also an asset to the look, as that brings the eyes up to the red and cream skirt with the accordion edge. Those boots do come in longer styles as well, edging up to the knees and tucked underneath a long coat in the same coloring.
Textured leather seems to be the thing here, used throughout the Alexander McQueen fall/winter 2015-2016 collection on coats and jackets, as well as cropped pants that stop at the ankles. Fishnet and frills that fall in layers and are tinged in cream when the dress itself is black look pretty cool actually, almost like a lady turned captive of the sea, her arms either are covered in the fishnet and chiffon or bare and with long nearly shoulder length gloved in black leather with a creamy edge.
Embroidery also finds its way into the line-up, while the creamy frills really remind us of cake icing. Spiky black T-bar bandeaus that connect to chokers appear later on in the collection, while we see the necklines plunge into deep Vs before we once again come face to face with almost bondage related sexy pieces, including a leather crop top and matching skirt with gloves and boots set. Floral patterning does exist as well, particularly throughout the last batch of dresses, including those that seem to be made of dusty pink and blood red roses. Crazy frizz or not, this is an especially endearing collection that has just the right amount of chic and sexy to it.
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