Sunday 22 October 2017

Alexander McQueen collection inspired by bees

A model presents a creation by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
A model presents a creation by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Models present creations by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris fashion week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
A model presents a creation by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
A model presents a creation by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
A model presents a creation by British designer Sarah Burton as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for fashion house Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)

Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 13 collection was inspired by bees.

Creative director Sarah Burton showed the line at Paris Fashion Week last night.

Backstage, she explained she had looked to bees when coming up with the line because they are “a matriarchal society where the females rule”.

That didn’t mean the collection consisted of black and yellow stripes though, rather that honeycomb motifs were large. They featured on jacquard fabric and in nets and lace, while pictures of bees were stitched on to other fabrics.

The first looks were cropped trousers in black, with overlaid gold giving the appearance of honeycomb.

The ankle boots matched, with gold sparkling platforms twinkling as they came down the runway.

The jacket came in the same pattern but a different colour, this time a pale green infused with metallic gold. A belt cinched the waist, while the hat was a modern take on a beekeepers’, boasting a black veil over the whole face.

Other looks includes peplum tops, usually paired with tight belts to give the jutting shape over the hips even more form.

McQueen is probably best known for its stunning evening wear, and the Spring/Summer 13 line didn’t disappoint.

Tiered skirts made of pale yellow fabric and chiffon came to mid-calf, while several dresses were so wide they filled the entire catwalk. One came in bright red and appeared to be made of flowers, while a black version was totally sheer from the top of the thighs down.

Meanwhile, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by Rome, so column dresses and simple slips were the order of the day. The iconic Valentino red was seen in an expertly-tailored coat which was A-line and fell to the knee.

Blush and monochrome tones were the big looks, with lengths kept to the calf and dresses form-fitting at the top but looser at the skirt. Short chiffon sleeves added interest to what was a super chic offering.

Paris Fashion Week closes today with shows by Louis Vuitton and Elie Saab.

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