There’s a unique chill in the air with McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2014 runway show, but also a familiarity and comfort to the darkness. Designer, Sarah Burton brought a new twist on McQueen’s infamous essence with inspiration from “wild beauty” that also hinted a bit of a Game of Thrones feel. Burton continued to inject her softer design aesthetic into McQueen’s roots and DNA. Models drifted in a ghostly manor down the grassy-mounded runway illuminated with mysterious moonlight and smoke arising.
Structure was a key factor with cape cuts, hooded parkas and trapeze layers of fur heavily worn against the models fair porcelain like complexions. The show was a dark fairy tale from the deepest of woods with corn rows braids sewn tightly into their hair and a majestic balance of eerie historic influences and modern sartorial tales. Exaggerated child-like silhouettes of full skirts and tiered trapeze coats were complemented with ruffle socks visible from heavy boots with a romantic flair of ribbon laces. High ruffled necks, eyelet light fabric and bow tied embellishments juxtaposed the mood of the show with a harmonic balance of couture meets ready-to-wear.
The final two looks from this Fall/Winter collection sold the show with a finale worthy of a perfect ‘The End’ title to end the McQueen tale. Floor length lightweight sheer white dresses with angelic feather bottoms, bell sleeves and dreamy star and moon eyelet detailing was a definite additive magical quality that Burton was envisioning for closing to her seasons story.