Alexander McQueen London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

Sarah Burton is about to have her third baby in two weeks’ time, but before going off on maternity leave tonight, she delivered the most beautiful, sensitive, and breathtakingly crafted Alexander McQueen collection, at home in London. Almost literally, it was spun out of dreams.

What she started in her hugely well-received pre-collection—research that took her to Schiaparelli-like surrealist prints and cobweb-fine knits—came into full poetic bloom here, at a level every bit as elevated as haute couture. She described her woman as: “Almost sleepwalking, in a state where reality and dreams become blurred.” Toward the end, this imagined character had become an almost incorporeal sylph, like a vision from an Erté drawing, trailing a silver-sprinkled cloak embroidered with stardust and the phases of the moon.

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