WITH the end in sight and the light finally shining bright at the end of the tunnel, Creative Director Sarah Burton is taking a deep breath in. Focusing on the element of healing after what can only be described as a heartbreaking year, the Alexander McQueen AW21 womenswear collection is looking at how to enrich the future.
Able to come back and work together in the studio, the team were united once again working alongside each other as they shared a singular goal – to make a beautiful collection steeped in meaning.
Taking the element of water and the flower anemone as the main source of inspiration, the two come together to present the notion of nurture as well as beauty. The ephemeral flower is given a permanent home as it blossoms on cloth with the dresses silhouettes echoing the structure and petals of the flower itself.
Exploded sleeves, corseted busts and fluted panelled skirts allude to the underlying untouched femininity of the Alexander McQueen woman, while biker jackets, tailored suits and asymmetric cuts return to show the strength that this woman is widely known for.
Polyfaille becomes the canvas for the floral motif ranging from rose gold versions of the fabric to black, adding a new perspective on the British fashion house’s hybrid technique. The juxtaposition of the light and dark colours creates the perfect backdrop to emphasise the intricate embroideries of lilypads and flowers shining a light on the everyday beauty around us.
If this collection did anything, it sure proved that florals are anything but boring.
by Imogen Clark