This Autumn/Winter 2016 show season marks Alexander McQueen's return to the London Fashion Week calendar after years of showing its womenswear collections in Paris. Sarah Burton delivered an ethereal story of dream and reality, drawing inspiration from precious white flowers, symbols of womanhood and femininity, as well as motifs of time, all rooted within the house of McQueen's traditional men's tailoring and contrasts between light and dark.
A boudoir theme dances throughout, leading the way for sheer, lace-trimmed lingerie dresses and ruffled silk and lurex pieces worn unfastened, exposing the breastbone or shoulder. Delicate and feminine silhouettes seem to hide underneath thick oversized coats, decorated with pocket watch, lip and butterfly motifs. These butterflies consistently appear in bright pops of color as collar and waist linings, and as symmetrical patterns on whole floor-length dresses. Leather corsets and dresses bloom with painted magnolia, tuberose and jasmine, while smaller pins accent the leather jackets.
To complete her celestial dream, Burton ends with incredible gowns and capes encrusted with silver beads and gold sequins and light peach, floral covered silk jacket and shawl.
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All images courtesy of Alexander McQueen.