Thursday 25 December 2014

Alexander McQueen does fairytale fashion at PFW

Published 05/03/2014 | 09:10

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04:  A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

Alexander McQueen presented a fairytale come to life for its Paris showcase.

The British fashion house enthralled crowds with a magical Fall/Winter 14 collection that added a hint of darkness to the atmosphere.

Models walked down the runway draped in heavy materials, with emphasis on furs.

Their hair was pulled into thin pig tails, as they walked down a catwalk made up of moss and woodland, reminiscent of a bleak mountain terrain.

There was a definite Heidi, the little mountain girl, feel about proceedings as fog crept across the stage.

Skirts and dresses were cut into trapeze and empire shapes, with the addition of billowing sleeves giving the designs a girlish and feminine feel.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04:  A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

Bows, collars and fur were used on many of the clothes, and each model walked in a pair of furry boots.

There was also no shortage of feathers, which adorned many of the woodland wonderland designs.

"It’s beauty and the beast, a wild beauty. And there’s kind of an innocence, but stripped back and liberated," creative director Sarah Burton told WWD backstage.

Shiatzy Chen also showcased its newest collection yesterday, which was a bright pop of colour against a black and white runway.

The Taiwanese fashion house's designs harked back to a bygone era, with a definite nod to '60s styles embedded in the Fall/Winter 14 clothes.

Colourful miniskirts and patterned shift dresses were accessorised with calf-length boots and collar-less coats.

Paris Fashion Week comes to a close later today, but not before Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Hermès showcase their latest designs.

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