With all the pre-fall 2015 collections being revealed of late, it would be a sin to put the Alexander McQueen fashion house’s artistic designs on a side bender. All Sarah Burton, the creative director of the Alexander McQueen brand, could think about was gorgeous very English ladies it seems as the Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2015 collection has taken on a rather Victorian demure edge while still presenting a sweet and enticing message to those, who care to feast their eyes on the masterpieces created. McQueen himself would have been 45 years old this year should he have lived past 40. The company has continued on and thrived under the skilful hands and impressive mind of Sarah Burton.
The Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2015 collection is all about the dresses, in mini and midi heights, with long sleeved and belted waists. There’s a certain touch of men’s wear there as well, with military details, while you also see dark green, heavy felt jacks with high necks and epaulets. Inspirations have been taken from riding tailcoats and the dresses are supple, featherweight, with lots of leather and ruffles on the elbow sleeves and hems. We’ve got something out of a Victorian lookbook it seems, with lace trims and hand-pleated bell sleeves, as well as tulle panels with velvet blooms.
The gorgeous dress with its inserted jacquards of poppies under the soft felt pieces, pinned close to the chest with a corset-style leather belt and the look finished off with a black and white angular handbag, is one of the loveliest among the entire collection. It’s got a hem that’s neither high nor low on the thighs, a demure collar and no sleeves, creating a rather interesting focus on the dress. This is probably one of our very favorites, though there are many that catch the eye.
Adding a well-tailored leather jacket with white fur trim and aviator style design over an adorable white lace dress is probably not a common practice, but Alexander McQueen proves that it’s a rather good one indeed. The multiple zips in strategic regions give definition to the chest area while the arching cut-out exposes the top of the legs from the front cinches in the waist even more. The dress itself is all too appealing and deserves a place in any closet, for its gentle sway and perfection in design make it one piece we highly covet from this collection. Balancing out the long sleeves and high collar with a shorter hemline ensures that the body looks well-proportioned while reminding us of days long past when young ladies came out at the London Season, looking for suitable husbands.
Not everything within the Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2015 collection is exclusively feminine, though the pleated short midi skirt paired with this bomber jacket certainly adds a more womanly touch, with the white knit sleeves and fur shoulder cover giving the whole outfit a more Siberian air to it. Of course, if you are fighting out in Siberia or elsewhere in the north, going bare-legged in winter like this particularly gorgeous model is not a feasible option.
The showstopper of a piece is simply a long tulle dress with flocking and jet beading that hugs every curve of the body with such loving grace that it’s hard to avert the eyes away from the magnificence of it all. It’s a perfect fall and winter design, with a high neck, long sleeves and maxi length ensuring no bit of skin on the body other than dainty hands is exposed to the harsh weather. The wearer of this dress will feel every inch the lady she is.
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