Alexander McQueen Spring 2013

There is always a buzz of excitement before any Alexander McQueen show, but for Sarah Burton’s Spring 2013 collection this was quite literal, as prior to the presentation the soundtrack was just that: the sound of buzzing bees.

When the first model took to the runway wearing a honeycomb beekeeper hat and a hive-like fabric ensemble…the inspiration became clear.

This truly amazing collection featured signature tailored jackets with cinched-in waists. On this occasion the tortoise belts looked like they were made from honey.

There were many other clever bee, beekeeper, honey and honeycomb references demonstrated on fitted dresses with caged honey-like peplums, a honey corset with bejewelled detailing paired with shorts, honeycomb jacquard suits and the finale gowns which ranged from sweet decorative pieces to dramatic embellished gowns to full-on ballgowns.

Despite the inventiveness and uniqueness of the collection, it was totally wearable so I’m hopefully we will see these pieces on a red carpet very soon.

Front Row: Anna Wintour and Salma Hayek

Favourites: Black corseted gown with a jeweled high collar and double peplum vest paired with shorts

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Florence Welch, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathway and Tilda Swinton


MAC & Carine Roitfeld ‘Le Bal’

MAC & Carine Roitfeld ‘Le Bal’

LeAnn Rimes' Stella McCartney Leopard Print Tee

LeAnn Rimes’ Stella McCartney Leopard Print Tee

14 Responses to Alexander McQueen Spring 2013

  1. Alina October 5, 2012 at 08:35 #

    I can see Beyonce rocking some of these outfits on stage! And Dita von Teese on the RC!

  2. EmmaWoodhouse October 5, 2012 at 03:40 #

    A lot of it is too crazy but I love the inspiration–very original. I don’t know why others are saying that she has no inspiration, this is so McQueen to me. That yellow honeycomb ballgown is really fantastic.

  3. Jones19 October 3, 2012 at 22:54 #

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see this on the red carpet. Lee would be proud.

  4. tom October 3, 2012 at 19:49 #

    i must say i don’t like this collection and i really wanted to…don’t like the mcqueen meets galliano for dior look and i hate the tortoise shell accessories…

  5. Molly October 3, 2012 at 19:29 #

    Im not impressed. Sarah Burtons first few collections were great, but this just seems like she recycled Lee McQueens original designs and put her name on it.

    • Sam October 4, 2012 at 16:33 #

      Actually I think she is endlessly recycling her own last 3 collections here. Same silhouettes everywhere! And I really wish she would buy more different fabrics instead of making 6 variations of the same piece with the same fabric. It’s tiresome and you feel as if you already saw the same jacket 5 seconds ago.

  6. Andrea October 3, 2012 at 18:08 #

    Finally, well deserved attention on some other insects than just day butterflies. There is so much to be inspired by in the world of entomology.

    This collection was beautiful, intelligent and fun!

  7. Katey October 3, 2012 at 17:39 #

    Just one word – AMAZING 🙂

  8. Bluebell October 3, 2012 at 17:37 #

    The collection is very Gustav Klimt, I love – but not as much as the one that McQueen did before he passed away

  9. Vidhya October 3, 2012 at 17:33 #

    So inspired and beautiful!!

  10. Estranged October 3, 2012 at 17:04 #

    I would love to see one of the tailored pieces on Florence Welch instead of her usual ethereal, floating dresses. Maybe a suit or a peplum blazer with a cinched waist?

  11. Paul McLauchlan October 3, 2012 at 16:29 #

    This is such a great collection!

  12. SaraH October 3, 2012 at 14:49 #

    It’s beautiful, but FOR ME, there’s any better collection than Plato’s Atlantis!

  13. Rash October 3, 2012 at 13:55 #

    L.O.V.E !

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