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Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

The Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 presentation was everything I imagined it would be: a haunting spectacle of brilliance which I found to be very emotional and quite moving.

Sarah Burton truly captured the spirit of McQueen like never before in this otherworldly sea-life-inspired collection.

The sea-life inspiration was evident from the ruffled hemlines of the tailored skirts and the twisted lapels of blazers which looked like sea sponges, plus coral pieces which were a shade of seashell.

Lee McQueen was obsessed by birds so Sarah paid homage to him by presenting bird-like creations. Feathers accented several looks and the pleated organza provided feather-like details.

We saw dramatic shapes on light lace and leather fabrics which gave us ladylike silhouettes with a fetish twist.

I was most impressed with the sharp Couture-like tailoring, which would be presented well on the red carpet by Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton.

Golden hues were mixed with lilac, gothic black, blush and ivory to provide the perfect colour palette for this classic yet modern collection.

Key accessories included lace masks which looked like seaweed tendrils which with covered just the models hair or they wore a full-faced mask which was accented with feathers, glass beads or dazzling jewels.

The models navigated the runway perfectly in sky-high wedges with a hallow detail.

I’m very excited that I will see this collection up close at the re-see later today.

Favourites: White dress with a gold bodice and the coral gown with a matching cape

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Fan Bing Bing, Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley

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20 Responses to Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

  1. GusMex October 5, 2011 at 15:16 #

    i love the dresses, the tailoring, the details, i just miss the drama, the theatrical show, the deconstruction of the clothes and the conection between models and audience. Sara is doing a great job thought, i just really miss McQueen…:´(

  2. AW October 5, 2011 at 15:33 #

    Just beautiful, you can tell how much effort really went into each piece

  3. Hannah October 5, 2011 at 15:34 #

    This is a stunning collection! I seriously am praying for Cate (if not then Anna Paquin) to wear the white gown with the gold bodice, and although I don’t see her in the collection too much, I really hope that Leighton Meester sees the shoes, particularly the floral ones, adn wears them, because god knows that no-one else has the guts to. Also, I don’t mean to be rude, ut I so hope that Salma Hayek doesn’t touch this collection,t eh clothes are so beautiful ut, as per usual, not her, so I am just praying.

  4. mm October 5, 2011 at 15:54 #

    The first two looks that walked the runway i thought Cate Blanchett instantly. This was the ONLY show from the past Fashion Month for Spr 2012 that I was totally awestruck.

  5. robbie October 5, 2011 at 16:02 #

    really not liking any of this collection.

  6. artemis October 5, 2011 at 16:10 #

    Fantastic collection!!!!

  7. DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) October 5, 2011 at 16:22 #

    There are tears in my eyes. Impossible shoes to fill.
    Beautifully done. So glad you will get to see the collection up close FC.

    Who designed the masks? They are stunning.

  8. Eliza October 5, 2011 at 16:36 #

    This collection made me gasp. I’m blown away by the collection as a whole and each individual piece. I’m very jealous that you get to see these dresses up close! If you’re able to take pictures, more detail of the dresses would be greatly appreciated – more than Style.com provided.

    Thank you for your coverage of the shows.

  9. mol October 5, 2011 at 16:41 #

    I envy you seeing this collection up close F.C. – I live on an island surrounded by the sea and when i looked at each piece of this collection I felt immersed by all the extraordinary and delicate details of sea life – so very beautifully executed!

  10. Vidhya October 5, 2011 at 16:52 #

    stunning.. single word.. STUNNING

  11. Jones19 October 5, 2011 at 17:21 #

    Wow this is the best I’ve seen from Sarah, amazing collection.

  12. cheryl October 5, 2011 at 17:56 #

    this collection is AMAZING.
    i cant wait for them to be worn.

    sarah is a genius.

  13. stacey October 5, 2011 at 21:38 #

    Love,love,love i see lady gaga in all of the looks..

    • Cate October 6, 2011 at 02:55 #

      Way to kill it.

  14. molly October 5, 2011 at 22:07 #

    The work that goes into all of these is amazing. Everything is so perfect!

  15. TeaAtTwo October 6, 2011 at 00:22 #

    Beautiful collection.

    I wonder which pieces Duchess Catherine will wear 😉

    • Fashion Critic October 6, 2011 at 05:36 #

      I went to the re-see yesterday and there is a commercial Spring 2012 collection and there are many pieces she could wear

  16. Victor October 6, 2011 at 01:06 #

    You forgot to add Lady Gaga and Anna Paquin!

  17. Parvati October 6, 2011 at 02:21 #

    Amazing collection! I can’t wait to see as many dresses as possible on the red carpet!

  18. Dani October 6, 2011 at 06:41 #

    I think Hailee Steinfeld could easily wear one of the floaty chiffon babydoll mini dresses, even though it’s not really her style….

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