Alexander McQueen had a thing for the occult, even fashioning his Fall/Winter 2007 collection after witches when he discovered that his bloodline contained a relative who was persecuted during the Salem witchcraft trials. For Fall/Winter 2014, Sarah Burton keeps the magic alive, but removes menace from the equation. She also transitioned away from her typically rigid, bound-up looks toward a silhouette that was more dynamic and wearable.
The presentation is in constant flux between wide-eyed innocence and worldly wisdom. There are sweet virginal eyelet dresses next to shaggy fur coats and charming layered peasant frocks next to voluminously constructed feather gowns. Under a moonlit stage, wood nymphs emerged in various stages of dress: gauzy looks topped with floral appliqué bodices, high-necked dresses that trailed into a whisper of feathers, and embroidered gowns etched with pagan emblems. Burton also showcased two form-swallowing capes – each featured a supremely lovely floral print that spoke of passion and the promise of a short winter. Magic is inextricably linked to the DNA of the Alexander McQueen brand, and like her predecessor, Burton is a believer. She believes that fashion can transform, empower, and energize. This collection weaves a powerful spell that causes us to believe too.
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