The collection I look forward to more than any other each season, Alexander McQueen, walked the runway in Paris yesterday, and it was amazing. From the buzzy soundtrack and bee infested video projection to the honeycomb prints and wasp waists (pun intended), Sarah Burton took us inside the chicest beehive ever. The models - each wearing a honeycomb hat that covered her face, reminiscent of the many-faceted eyes of an insect - were decked out in tortoiseshell accessories and jewelry that had the look of amber. And the clothes - oh my god, the clothes! From the opening nipped waist honeycomb jacket paired with a mid-calf lasercut honeycomb pencil skirt to the closing flower festooned ivory caged ballgown, each look was more extravagant and breathtaking than the last. The attention to detail was incredible, from the exposed boning and corsetry to the bee embroidery and to-die-for shoes. The honeycomb pleated, full-skirted, caged dresses in yellow and black were two highlights from the collection, but honestly, it was brilliant from start to finish.
In a statement on the Alexander McQueen website, Burton said, "The collection is a study of femininity. We looked at erotica. Vargas girls, cages, corsets and crinolines and the idealization of the female form. Nothing is set in a particular period. It's about sensuality and skin but not nudity. We also wanted to express lightness, for the clothes almost to hover over the women who wear them."
With inspiration like that, who wouldn't want to be part of the hive?