Waking dreams were the inspiration for the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 RTW collection, as imagined by the brand’s creative director Sarah Burton. She wanted to create an ethereal, surreal, and dreamlike experience where her wearer is “almost sleep waking, in a state where reality and dreams become blurred”.
The show started with black looks embellished with large surrealist objects like a pocket watch, a butterfly, lips, and flowers. And then, suddenly, the patterns all shrank, and the heavy, structured, weighty garments merged into fragmented layers of weightless ruffles. Gender fluidity is toyed with just a bit in sleek and streamlined androgynous double lapel suits.
The looks then turned to bombshell silhouettes in leather before breathing in a whisper of the bedroom in delicate pink and black lace, pleats, tulle, bra tops, and a collar belt combo of 3D pink butterflies.
The final looks took us to a full dream state, in airy layers of sheer gossamer, lace, and tulle. There were beautiful variations of the symbology patterns, jeweled and beaded, creating cascades of flowing stars as the model walks down the runway. Surely, McQueen would approve.