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Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Women as warriors and divine goddesses, Sarah Burton reiterated the often controversial metaphor that defines Alexander McQueen at this years Paris Fashion Week. Starting with a pagan feel, Burton’s SS19 runway show focused on birth, marriage, sisterhood and friendship; the very concepts that have become increasingly relevant in our current socio-political climate.

Burton’s installation paid homage to the brand’s British Heritage, symbolically bringing the rural landscape of Avebury to Paris.

Taking inspiration from the West Country, yellow primroses and crimson poppies inspired the bright red and yellow clothes within the collection.

Adorned with ornate jewellery, models assertively took to the catwalk with a medieval demeanour in long split dresses, occasional minis and more tailored pieces.

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Expanding her casting to be inclusive of shape and diversity, Sarah Burton is clearly demonstrating how she is opening up Alexander McQueen’s heritage to a new, female-led age.

The idiosyncrasy of the show did not stop with the dreamy silhouettes and dizzying details of the clothes, backstage pro-hairstylist Guido Palau also worked his magic.

Inspired by the theme of paganism, Guido Palau created an unexpected hair look: high-shine braids. Making a statement that pigtail plaits are easily wearable.