Tuesday, July 9, 2013 • 10:00 AM •
Alexander McQueen is one of the most eccentric couture brands to date. The label is known to exhibit luxurious gowns and flamboyant accessories. So when the Resort 2014 collection was released, I was in complete awe to see utilitarian pieces all throughout. Maybe it’s just me but this surprising detour current Creative Director Sarah Burton went on, was a shock to those who are very familiar with the late Lee McQueen’s risqué designs.
Shades of khaki, mustard, white, ice blue, navy, gray, and brown dominate the whole line. This veered quite far from the usual dark and dramatic hues from previous season releases. It appeared that Sarah literally took the season’s relaxed vibe up a notch by using light, breezy fabrics. Although many shuddered at the thought of wearing cropped flare pants, the floral-printed ones seen in the collection made instant converts out of many urbanites and McQueen fans. Loose tops, maxi dresses, belted shifts, and playsuits all conveyed relaxed, effortless dressing.
In spite of the shock the Resort 2014 collection brought on stylish women everywhere, Sarah Burton still maintained what Alexander McQueen stood for: unconventional.