It's almost expected at this point for Alexander McQueen to be one of the most critically acclaimed shows of Fashion Week, but this season's collection was so good that I dove off a waterfall like Pocahontes and then spontaneously sprouted wings on the way down. While most of Spring season is taken up by catwalk shows that showcase too many trenchcoats and not enough imagination, McQueen (currently headed up by Sarah Burton, McQueen's protege) breezed in with 32 stunning outfits themed around bees and beehives.
I've written before about the dangers of taking a design theme too literally, but this is surely the exception that proves the rule. Not only is Sarah Burton an accomplished director when it comes to
keeping the McQueen look fresh without deviating too far from
recogniseable design tropes, but she can balance a potentially
cartoonish theme like "beehives" at the perfect level between outright
literalism and references too subtle or obscure for audiences to pick up
Click here to read my previous Alexander McQueen fashion week reviews.