“You want volume? I’ll give you volume.” That seemed to be Sarah Burton’s thinking for the Fall 2012 Alexander McQueen collection. The show opened with white jacquard skirt suits featuring fluffy collars that extended from chin to elbow then moved into doily dresses with arcing sleeves and hips. Pink puffballs of Mongolian lamb—Burton’s suggestion for a coat—were nipped with concave silver bow belts. 3-D roses covered a cocktail dress with wide ostrich-feather hems, and the show ended with an explosion of tulle layers.
Shoes, if you could call them shoes, were heel-less and rocked on a curved metal base. Trimmings included visor-like metal glasses and white fur from ankle to knee. Ever since McQueen’s suicide two years ago, Burton has been delivering McQueen drama without the angst—the trend continues.
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