Alexander McQueen Spring 2013
Sarah Burton's Spring '13 collection for Alexander McQueen was quite literally buzzing with excitement. With models decked out in elaborate honeycomb beekeeper hats, Burton created a truly masterful collection, inspired by Alberto Vargas's pinup images, filled with dramatic hoopskirts, ornate detailing, and some of the most inventive looks we've seen yet. It was a dramatic entrance as the show opened up with cropped honeycomb trousers paired with a gold peplum jacquard blazer — accessorized with gorgeous amber-hued jewelry reminiscent of bee nectar. More sweetness followed suit highlighting fit-and-flare skirts, resin bustiers, structured mesh tops, and hot shorts all featuring Burton's bee theme. Watching the collection go down the aisle was like studying art, further exemplified by Burton's impressive array of evening wear. Corset minidresses were paired up with netted thigh-high boots, billowy off-shoulder renditions revealed a honeycomb bodice underneath, and the grand finale, a showstopping array of red, yellow, and black crinoline gowns, simply took our breath away. Indeed, there's no question that Paris saved the best for last.
- Trends: Jacquard, statement prints, shine, full skirts, structured silhouettes.
- Colors: Gold, black, yellow, red, cream, dark green, amber.
- Key Piece: If we had to choose, we'd go with the most wearable look; the honeycomb pants and gold peplum jacquard blazer combo was amazing.
- Accessories: Modern honeycomb hats, bee-embellished cuffs, necklaces, and belts, shimmery ankle-wrap strapped shoes with honeycomb mesh detailing, patent honeycomb satchels, thigh-high honeycomb mesh boots, corset belts.
- Who Should Wear It: Ladies looking to add a lot of drama on the red carpet like Lady Gaga and Elizabeth Banks.