Alexander McQueen

London Fashion Week Fall 2016 helped to mint a new generation of designers while reasserting the influence and ingenuity of established British brands. Burberry injected grunge notes and pixie dust into a punky fall collection, while Vivienne Westwood, the punk doyenne herself, showcased ladylike suits and dresses on models with smudged lipstick. Relative newcomers like Ashley Williams and Faustine Steinmetz exhibited the casual cool of the new guard.

All in all, it was a colorful week, on and off the runway, with plenty of lavish fashion indicative of Britain’s illustrious sartorial history. Here’s why:

  1. Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland was again a hit on and off the runway with her faux-fur jackets inspired by her 91-year-old grandmother, who was a story herself this season.
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After 15 years of showing during Paris Fashion Week, the Alexander McQueen fall collection was revealed this Sunday at home—the label’s home, that is, and the home of the late designer as well as current Creative Director Sarah Burton.

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We were told the brand’s fashion week return to London is due to Burton’s pregnancy—she’s 38 weeks along—and meanwhile, Burton told London’s The Guardian newspaper that the models’ unbuttoned menswear and jewelry-adorned up-dos were due to “women’s obsessions, and flowers that bloom at night.” In the end it might not matter what was behind the homecoming or the elegantly rendered pop culture references—lips, eyes, swans, unicorns—or the floor-sweeping net gowns, and quilted jackets.

What matters is how stunningly beautiful they were.

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Paris played with varied dreamscapes this past weekend. Sarah Burton brought to life a fantastical, decaying fairytale, decked in shredded silk and lace with disheveled flowers and ruffles for Alexander McQueen. On the other end of the spectrum, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon envisioned the modern jet-setter’s real life aspirations of looking fresh on the fly for KENZO’s color-filled collection. Akris collaborated with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Céline made fresh tracks Sunday with a collection that went from lingerie slips to English fox hunt—all in a structurally experimental way, of course.

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The flushed goddesses of Burton’s runway, while delicately beautiful, were grounded in personal history. Alexander McQueen traced his heritage back to Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution in the 18th century, bringing their covetable silk-weaving craft with them. Exquisite floral jacquards, French lace flowers and figure-tracing ruffles appeared again and again. An embroidered leather jacket in blush with a ruffled neckline was especially striking atop a lace column Victorianesque gown. Occasional modern, tailored pieces kept the collection anchored. But thanks to Burton’s softer approach this season, even the more extravagant gowns— with feathery mermaid skirts or spiraling tiers of lace—leaned toward measured romance.

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What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.

 

Inspired by the idea of spring in the city in the era of automats and leaving it all to Beaver and June, we’re feeling like paring it all down—though not at the expense of looking chic and being current, of course. Let’s assume the friends and loved ones in your life are having a similar moment, one where lightweight tote bags are wonderfully catch-all and classic patterns are given purpose and punch.

 

kate spade new york newspaper print canvas tote | Alexander McQueen Card Case | BP. Paisley Tassel-Trim Scarf

 

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We all know I have a total girl crush on Refinery 29’s Annie Georgia Greenberg. She’s so good at making current trends feel completely authentic to her own personal style. Annie is channeling the Seventies today with her amazing high-waisted bell bottoms and fringed suede jacket. Fun fact: she borrowed this jacket from her mom’s closet!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Yesterday’s runways took us from Italian holiday to historical Japanese fiction with classic prints from Valentino and startlingly bold lines by Alexander McQueen.

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Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.

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Kate stopped all of us photographers in our tracks at the Jardin des Tuileries today. Not only is she absolutely stunning, but her jumpsuit is an amazing statement piece. Animal print is popular here in Paris and this modern, silky one-piece is a winner. Kate’s conceptual belt adds a sleek cinch to the silhouette. J’adore!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Jane Outside Erdem

As the fashion news director at Glamour, Jane Keltner de Valle is responsible for steering trend and news coverage for the magazine. I’d say they are in good hands! Jane has classic taste and stays true to her personal style.

I like how Jane adapts trends to suit her level of refinement. Today’s look is a beautiful blend of texture and trend. Lace and mohair are the ultimate in feminine texture, but Jane makes them look interesting and fresh.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.

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The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.

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Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.

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The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.

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“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”

Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.

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While it may come as a surprise, this gorgeous model is also a dessert blogger and food photographer! Elizabeth Minett had one of my favorite looks of the day, thanks to her modern take on the sporty chic trend. I am desperate to get my hands on a textural, modified moto jacket, like Elizabeth’s. Some graphic printed pants and casual cool sneakers are on my list, too!

xo,
Crystal

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