SOMEBODY HELP ME!!! I’ve been so
badly I mean fashionably stung all over, my eyes are tearing with honey, my lips are swollen shut and my tongue is left with this bittersweetness, I don’t even know where to begin with for this Alexander Mcqueen spring/summer 2013 collection.
And this bittersweetness has also got to do with his death. Exactly 3 years on, I can’t help but notice the connection between his last “Plato’s Atlantis” runway show and this with the similar use of a video backdrop and wash white glossiness for the now honeycomb patterned runway. Sarah Burton has certainly held together the fashion beehive with her royal pudding as the new McQueen bee and averted a Colony Collapse Disorder.
In some ways, this collection is a tribute to his life and death. A fashion reflection of what he represented: the hardworking fashion bee brimming with the most fantastical pollen he would bring back to satisfy our appetite for extravagance. Filling our
eyes tummies with the sweetest inspiration he could think of and then creatively weave a honeycomb of desire with his fabrics.
And like those feelings we might have for him and his passing, there is a mellow bitterness to the sweet sexiness of this collection. An edgy bitterness that makes the honey so much more alluring and tasteful – not overly sweet – but just that right amount of waspish eroticism that will leave you coming back for more!
Much of the graphic honeycomb Jacquard you see for the runway looks had been toned down to a more subtle black on black print for the look book collection. The tortoise-shell choker here elongates the neck and with the molded bodices and belts, they exaggerate the figure making for a heritage silhouette that is more elegant and unique.
Perhaps fashion is an ornate jar of the most addictive and potent honey. When all your life you’ve been buzzing around and working insanely hard to buy yourself exquisite honey with your money. The ultimate reward you can give yourself is a bittersweet “death” decked the latest Alexander McQueen regalia.
Images: Alexander McQueen