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Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 Resee

On Wednesday, following the Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 presentation, I attended the re-see in Paris.

The room was a buzz of activity as buyers and press took a second, close-up look at the collection, with a photoshoot of the lookbook also taking place.

Seeing the collection up close gives you a finer appreciation of not only the small details you don’t pick up while watching the show from a distance, but also the immense craftsmanship which goes into every piece.

This season the models had very walkable shoes. Upon close inspection, the patent-leather honeycomb wedged heel was filled with either silver or gold crystals.

The bedazzling bee-accented choker was much heavier than it looked. I could barely hold it with one hand, but I was told that a much lighter version will go into production.

For those of you who loved the beekeeper hats the models wore, you’ll be pleased to know that they will also be going into production. I saw black, cream and a red version in the showroom.

The big ballgowns won’t be going into production, but I’m sure the likes of Lady Gaga, Florence Welch or Nicki Minaj will bring these pieces alive on the red carpet, and we will most definitely seem then in editorials.

During the Spring 2013 show the models carried bags for the first time. The ‘Heroine’ bag was the first ‘It’ bag for McQueen last season, which was quickly snapped up by Zoe Saldana and Kate Beckinsale.

This season the ‘Heroine’ collection has grown. It now includes clutches and totes in various colours, textures and sizes.

Every season there is one McQueen skull-clasp clutch which catches my eye. This season it was the gold honeycomb clutch with gold crystal accents.

Other accessories included tortoiseshell chokers and cuffs with bee accents, belts, slippers, a commercial version of the runway heels, purses, clutches and scarves.

The commercial pieces for this collection included many of McQueen’s signature fitted dresses, alongside pencil skirt suits and pant suits with a bee-embossed pattern. Honeycomb leggings, embellished gowns, motif tees and my favourite which was a black-and-gold strapless jumpsuit will be made available for everyday and evening wear.


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18 Responses to Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 Resee

  1. Parvati October 5, 2012 at 18:38 #

    These are all amazing photos!!!

  2. Lisa October 5, 2012 at 19:24 #

    This post is why I am so obsessed with your website. Where else can we see this level of detail while sitting at home/job. Thank you!!

    • Fashion Critic October 5, 2012 at 19:36 #

      Thank u. I was there for two hours having the time of my life. … No exaggeration

  3. J October 5, 2012 at 19:54 #

    The details are just amazing. I can’t believe how intricate everything is. How do they create that in the short amount of time between seasons?!?!

  4. Yeliz October 5, 2012 at 20:13 #

    That place was full with pieces of art. Everything looks fantastic.

    We couldn’t see these collections up close, if we wouldn’t have your amazing photos FC, so thank you very much!

    • Fashion Critic October 5, 2012 at 20:30 #

      My pleasure

  5. jeremy October 5, 2012 at 20:22 #

    I’m getting hives from looking at those accessories. Such amazing craftsmanship. FC, I am so jealous of you.

  6. eleanor October 5, 2012 at 20:37 #

    wow!!! really beautiful. the runway was amazing but as you said in closer look those are stunning!

    thank you!

  7. EmmaWoodhouse October 5, 2012 at 20:43 #

    The workmanship on these pieces, up close, takes my breath away.

  8. Christine October 5, 2012 at 23:20 #

    Very gorgeous.

    Great pictures FC.

  9. Hannah October 6, 2012 at 00:14 #

    This looks divine! I love that you seem to put as much effort into your posts about fashion shows and fashion press events as well as red carpet looks. I hope you had fun there, to me being around beautiful pieces of fashion is exactly the same as being in a musuem surrounded by pieces of art.
    Also, I just have to wonder, was a pun intended, with respect to the bee theme, in the line “The room was a buzz of activity….”?

    • Fashion Critic October 6, 2012 at 06:34 #

      Yes it was :)

  10. RNA October 6, 2012 at 01:54 #

    This is just too beautiful for words, especially the bejeweled chokers. Like you FC, I also thought those would be light. And the clothes… wow.

    Thank you for all the gorgeous pictures as always, FC!

    • Fashion Critic October 6, 2012 at 06:36 #

      Thank u

  11. Katie October 6, 2012 at 06:36 #

    Sarah Burton you have done it again.. Thank you for keeping Alexander McQueens dreams alive. Fantastic detail! Wish I could of seen them in real life.

  12. Joy October 6, 2012 at 07:50 #

    Wowzers!!! So AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. Alexander McQueen was my favorite designer and Sarah Burton has done a great job carrying on the creativity of his label.

  13. Laveena October 6, 2012 at 07:55 #

    I didn’t like the Alexander McQueen show, but thanks to your post, I can appreciate some of the finer aspects, like the corset and chokers.

  14. Jones19 October 8, 2012 at 00:40 #

    I love these posts. The details are amazing!

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