Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2013

The Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2013 Runway Show offered an ecclesiastical wardrobe, from communion gowns to cardinals’ robes. The high church. Nuns, popes, angels. Ballets Russes. Virgin Queen.

The most wearable piece from the collections were featured on the darker looks…its what I will be wearing, a super embellished fishnet legwear look. As seen on model Karlie Kloss.


The collection comprises ten looks, presented in pairs. The waist is cinched and the hips are exaggerated throughout. Volumes are overblown but lightness is paramount. Hyper-worked embellishment demonstrates an obsessive attention to detail – and detail within detail. Sharp pressing, multiple folds, quintuple and dégrade pleats, soutache embroidery, triple bulleting, silk and metal thread embroideries, enamelled flowers and more all feature. Rhombic grids lend a sense of graphic modernity to surfaces. Pearls and teardrop pearls evoke beauty and rarity. Hoop skirts, caging and corsetry enhance and idealize a quintessentially feminine silhouette and introduce an erotic undercurrent further suggested by stockings, suspender belts and harnessing. Each look is worn with an embellished ruff: faces are framed.

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Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2013 Runway Show