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McQueen goes gothic for A/W15

McQueen goes gothic for A/W15

Alexander McQueen showed a gothic Victoriana collection at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.

The late designer's brand, now helmed by Sarah Burton, presented its darkly beautiful Autumn/Winter 15 collection on the penultimate day of shows.

Models looked like china dolls on the runway with their porcelain complexions and pale eyebrows courtesy of make-up artist Pat McGrath, while their hair was teased into a dishevelled style that protruded from their heads.

The clothing harked back to a bygone era. There were ruffles and intricate stitching on offer, while distinctly modern touches added sex appeal.

One girl wore a red leather bralet-top dress with matching elbow-length gloves. Another was in a blush-pink ruffled gown with a high neck, which would have been demure had it not been for the keyhole cut-out at the chest, which flashed a lacy black bra.

A particularly striking outfit came in the form of a blood red dress with rose-like ruffles making up the skirt and bodice. The look was finished off with black ankle boots.

Not all outfits were so feminine though, with androgynous style making its way into a few of the pieces on offer. One model wore a structured black blazer with nothing underneath apart from a black bra with a halter strap. Lacy leggings and ankle boots completed this look.

According to, Sarah's show notes said the collection wanted to convey "the frayed nature of reality and the beauty of imperfection". Make-up artist Pat commented that this line was all about adding "softness".

Today brings Paris Fashion Week to a close, with Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu among those still to show.

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