Despite the weather gently turning into Autumn, the atmosphere at Orangerie du Sénat seems to never have abandoned early Spring. Entirely decorated with a colourful floral embroidery on voile, the catwalk for the SS18 Womenswear Show by Alexander McQueen is a homage to nature in its purest form. For this collection, creative director Sarah Burton was inspired by the healing power of plants and Kew Gardens in London was the perfect location for her research.
The collection also has a hidden environmental message, as “anti-waste” is the concept adopted by Burton on her dresses, which have been constructed on British vintage corsetry from the early 1900s, or the jewellery, “borrowed by a grandmother’s jewellery box.” She explained, “Old treasures; ball gowns chopped up and put back together.” Impressive is the work done on the panelled trench coats, meticulously decorated with hand-painted flowers or mystical figures, recalling the history and traditions of Britain, the brand’s home country.
Worth mentioning are the cuts and shapes that made the history of Alexander McQueen: kickback trousers, exaggerated leather jackets and long tailored coats are recurring styles in every collection. These have been interestingly blended with the more romantic and feminine organza floral motives of SS18, creating the character of a wild country girl, an English Rose.
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