Alexander McQueen seizes Scottish inspiration for SS17
Sarah Burton showed a ruggedly romantic Alexander McQueen collection during Paris Fashion Week on Monday evening (03Oct16).
The designer took inspiration from a recent trip to the Shetland Islands in Scotland for the brand’s Spring/Summer 17 collection, even down to the setting. Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg, venue was transformed to resemble the terrain, with a bump runway covered in patterned carpets to reflect the Shetland tradition of rugs from both families being sewn together at weddings.
As for the clothes themselves, the label’s signature tartan made a big impact in the form of items such as blazer jackets and trousers with what appeared to be sewn on kilts over them.
Light knits were also featured, perfect for the warmer weather, as models walked out in long patchwork jumpers and thin, sheer dresses with knitted embroidery.
Denim and leather popped up on the catwalk in the form of a black Celtic-style leather bralette covered in studs worn over a white floaty dress and embroidered jeans paired with a corset-style top boasting the same floral pattern.
All the garments had a whimsical feel, but it was the dresses that were unveiled for the finale that were the real showstoppers. Burton stayed true to the fashion house’s gothic touch thanks to gowns like a sheer floor-length number with black glittering embroidery and sequined sleeves, and another sheer design with silver embellishment and a tulle ruffle at the bottom of the skirt, giving the illusion of foaming surf from the Scottish sea.
Accessories from extravagant earrings and necklaces, to chokers and long chains were stacked on models, while shoes included chunky white boots and black boots of either ankle or knee height. Models faces were left bare and their hair scraped back to give all the attention to the elaborate garments.
The penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week takes place on Tuesday (04Oct16), with brands such as Chanel and Kenzo showing.