Innovative, emotional, uncompromising – all words that describe the romantic and provocative fashion of Alexander McQueen, a brand which has become synonymous with modern British couture. Integral to the Alexander McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and severity. An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition.

This season, the McQueen woman drifts between dreams and reality, her senses intoxicated by flowers that bloom after dark. Rich with surrealism and spellbound by vanity, the collection explores obsessions, from feline eyes to night flowers, floating lips, butterflies and ticking clocks. Her wardrobe is feminine and ethereal; sheer lace-trimmed lingerie dresses, marabou feathers and quilted silk satin eiderdown coats are contrasted with Savile Row tailoring, from impeccably cut tuxedo jackets to mannish oversized outerwear.

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