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McQueen autumn/winter 2011 campaign

2 Aug

I’ll start this blogpost with four words: campaign of the season. The campaign, featuring Raquel Zimmerman shot by David Sims,  is absolutely breathtaking. The ice queen collection looks stunning against a rugged., mysterious otherworldly backdrop. With a slightly alien feel, it balances the delicate fragility Sarah Burton has bought to McQueen with the dramatic beauty that is associated with the label. Or should I say savage beauty, the image made me immediately think of one of the press shots of the Savage Beauty exhibition. What do you think, can you see the similarities? 

Savage beauty. 

The campaign. 

McQueen Resort 2012

27 Jun

I don’t normally post about Cruise or Resort collections but I’m more than willing to create an exception for the Alexander McQueen resort 2012. I think many are scrutinising this collection as closely as McQueen main season collections. I’m sure creative director Sarah Burton has become accustomed to this level of interest in her collections and she has really delivered. Every time I look at the collection, I discover something new and the level of detail and embellishment is sublime. 

Her promise of bringing a sense of softness is fast becoming her signature, with delicate fragility fusing with McQueen traits seamlessly. The collection is based on the notion of “romantic utility”, Burton creates a world which has period references with restrained, structured nipped-waist jackets and fitted mid-calf skirts as well as the use of delicate lace. The colour palette has a clear military influence while exotic beading adds an addition dimension to the collection. Elements of the collection have a distinct couture feel – the embellishment and those fairytale tulle gowns – but in a true paradoxical twist, Burton has also used cotton to give the collection a wearable edge.

The collection is undoubtedly a masterpiece and Burton has seamlessly stepped into Lee’s shoes. I just hope she copes with the accompanying pressure and intense interest which is just set to increase with each collection. 

The best and worst dressed at the Met Ball 2011

4 May

Monday evening saw the fabulous and fashionable out in their finest for the annual Met Ball 2011. The ball is one of my favourite fashion events, much more interesting than red carpet watching at the Oscars and Golden Globes. As it’s a fashion event, attendees can push the envelope with their wardrobe choices should they have the guts to pull it off. Though Monday night’s event was a celebration of McQueen’s work and the opening of the Savage Beauty exhibition, I was surprised that very few stars were wearing his designs.

The designer of the evening was definitely Stella McCartney who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rihanna. I’m sure I’ve seen Gwyneth in a very similar dress (perhaps at The Oscars?) but the super sexy, slim silhouette just works on her. Madonna looked great, I loved the dramatic train and intricate embroidery. Maggie looked radiant in her midnight blue sparkly number and I’m glad she kept the accessories minimal. Rihanna had Twitter in a bit of a frenzy with her sexy fitted, sheer dress. I liked it but would have chosen different shoes.

If Stella was the designer of the evening, red was definitely the colour of choice. Jennifer Lopez was glowing in Gucci, the colour looked great on her skin and I liked the red lips and scraped back bun. The little cover up was a little much though, I think it would have looked a lot better without it. this may be a little controversial but I didn’t actually like Mary-Kate Olsen’s vintage choice. It’s the Costume Institute Gala…make a little effort. Gisele and Dianna Agron were my perfect ladies in red, both looked absolutely breathtaking in very different ways. Gisele was a vision in her dramatic dress but Dianna’s simple Michael Kors dress was just stunning. 

I’m glad Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker were representing McQueen on the night. Two very different looks, I think I preferred Salma’s wispy, delicate beauty over SJP’s high impact, futuristic number. 

Props to Ginnifer Goodwin for wearing Topshop! 

Zoe Saldana also opted to go down the eye-catching brights route in this simple Calvin Klein gown. I’m a fan of her red carpet choices, she always gets it right.  

Christina Ricci’s Zac Posen gown was a little controversial but as I said earlier, the Met Ball is the one place you can get away with being a little dramatic. I think she stole the show and looked utterly amazing. 

The not so best dressed…

It’s Blake Lively, she’s in Chanel. It should work but for me it just didn’t. Karl was clearly inspired by Indian saris but it just doesn’t look right. 

The almost unstoppable combination of Burberry and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley should also just work but to me, this isn’t a good look. I’m not sure whether it’s the cheap looking satin or the amount of flesh on show but I think she could have looked a lot better. 

Apparently Beyonce and Jay Z were booed on the red carpet. I wouldn’t go that far but I really wasn’t a fan of this Pucci dress on her. The fishtail shape is very boring, the black and gold embroidery has been done to death, I don’t like the hair and I don’t know why on Earth Jay Z would wear a cream blazer with a white shirt. Bad. 

RIP Lee McQueen

12 Feb
I know we have all been rocked by the untimely passing of Lee McQueen. Such a talented, influential and iconic British Designer. He changed the world of fashion, and my perception of both fashion and beauty. I’m devastated by his death. I hope he is now at rest and reunited with his mother. 
Rest in Peace, McQueen xx

Proper post coming when I can gather my thoughts

Cruising into menswear

23 Jun

Womenswear turned up unexpectedly during McQueen’s menswear show in Milan. There were 14 womenswear looks shown to highlight the importance of cruise collections. I love McQueen, and these incredibly sexy looks.

Editted to add:

McQueen wasn’t the only one bending the rules. Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance on the Dolce & Gabbana runway!

* Source WWD, Style