Another triumphant show from Sarah Burton, celebrating both McQueen’s legacy and her own exceptional talents. Burton’s show was the third aquatic inspired collection at Paris Fashion Week, resulting in an exquisite parade of astoundingly beautiful underwater goddesses, the complexity of their construction defying belief. Her oceanic motifs were never too literal but if you looked hard enough, you could see interlaced barnacle patterns, oyster prints, sea anenome ruffles and shimmering shell details. One dress, an exagerrated empire line of cascading ruffles, rippled as the model walked, “like a jellyfish moves in the sea,” said the designer. For all the beauty in the collection, McQueen’s penchant for subverting the unequivocal prettiness remains, intricate lace masks sinisterly morphed to obscure the models’ faces and barbed leather spread around their bodies, encasing the delicate lace underneath.
Text: Caroline Newell
Photography: Mitchell Sams