Sunday 24 September 2017

Clever couture: Alexander McQueen from catwalk to high street

Dress, €47 at River Island; Boots, €130 at Topshop.com
Dress, €47 at River Island; Boots, €130 at Topshop.com

McQueen's catwalk show for Spring/Summer was ground-breaking. With two robotic cameras filming the show as it happened, the intention was to stream it live online to Nick Knights Showstudio.com.

However, due to Lady Gaga twittering that McQueen was to be premiering her new single, the site crashed and the grand plan was brought to a halt. Nevertheless, the idea was outstanding. As was his collection.

Whether futuristic or tribal in mood, skin prints are big news this season and McQueen's are stunning. Sea reptile patterns in eye-catching colours follow the designer's taste for the darkly bizarre. Moulded dresses with tulip skirts and origami angles are perfectly executed. But it is the alien shoes that have grabbed the headlines. The flat may be making a comeback but the statement heel isn't dead yet.

Irish Independent

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