Wild Beauty at Alexander McQueen Fall 2014 (Runway Review)


The Scene: Models walked on a mossy, wasteland-like runway.

The Inspiration: “It’s beauty and the beast, a wild beauty,” Sarah Burton told WWD.

The Look: Shown against a haunting backdrop, Burton certainly managed to convey her darkly romantic wild beauty inspiration. There's no denying that the museum-worthy craftsmanship of Burton's opulent work is awe-inspiring, but there was a dated and repetitive feel to many of this season's silhouettes — especially the empire and milkmaid dresses. The fur and lace-heavy collection stuck mostly to a black, white and brown palette with a few dark purple and green looks. While tiered lace sleeves along with elaborately feathered and fur-accented looks occasionally veered on the costume side, there were a number of stunning, red carpet-worthy dresses. Among the most beautiful looks were heavily textured mini dresses with A-line skirts and fitted bodices, two gowns with floral embroidery and feather-accented bottoms as well as the closing high-neck, sheer embroidered white gown.

The Accessories: Heavily embellished combat boots, corset-inspired knee-high boots, elaborate hand jewelry and small rounded handbags.

The Beauty: Hair was cornrowed with the exception of two strands pulled out straight to the front and an elaborate feathered brow look was created for some of the models.

The Takeaway: It may have been hit or miss when thinking about the collection in a "real world" context, but from start to finish the collection was immaculate in its painstaking details.

All images: IMAXtree

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