Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection
Like the house of Versace, Alexander McQueen head designer Sarah Burton took her inspiration from the sea, but the difference in approach is indicative of the vast difference in the house styles. Versace’s version was glittering and literal, with starfish, seashorses and shells emblazoned on the garments. Burton took a far more interpretive approach that nonetheless evokes the wonder of the underwater world far more effectively. Lace evokes seaweed, ruffles evoke coral, and the palette moves from sea-at-night blacks to anemone-vivid orange to dusky greys and purple-blues that reminds us of a beach at sunrise, with ivories and pearls and glittering golds spread throughout. The sweep of the gowns have an aquatic feel to them and even the babydoll dresses have a fluid sense of motion. As per usual, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful – and more importantly, thoughtful - collection of looks.