Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Alexander McQueen's final collection

The photos from Alexander McQueen's final collection are now up on Vogue.co.uk (why is Style.com always so much slower?), but there is no analysis yet.  It seems like a much shorter collection, who knows if this would have been the case had Lee still been with us.  But nonetheless, I adore everything presented.  If last season McQueen had been unadulterated futurism, this season they have gone way back in history for inspiration.  The stiff, elegant dresses and coats, combined with floaty materials beneath, are reminiscent of medieval damsels, while the gold embroidery and printed fabrics looks like they were ripped right off the furniture and curtains from a period drama.  My favourite three pieces of the collection are below:

That last red and gold outft looks fit to be immortalised in a Klee.  Naturally, I also love love love the finale piece, which shows how close to haute couture Lee's collections really were:

We will miss you so,


  1. I love your report on McQueens Finale collection, this report is truly touching. We will all miss McQueen dearly.

    Thanks so much for this post.

    ♥ MADISON thing


  2. it is very interesting, I just read an article in the new york times.com (if I'm not terribly wrong) where they said, that Paris brought us futurism (McQueen's collection included), and I was thinking - what do they mean "futurism"? this is a look back. and a very beautiful one. with the A.McQ. unique touch.

  3. Of course I can see elements of modernity and the future in this collection, but the majority of the inspiration is quite clearly historical. Of course some of the Parisian designers have a futuristic aesthetic - Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens obviously. But I thought many were looking to the past for reference: Giles, Rochas, etc. Personally, I thought some of the best collections were actually quite rooted in the present, like Phoebe Philo for Celine, or Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy, who has that sense of motion and modernity which Raf Simons has been bringing to Jil Sander.