Sarah Burton’s SS19 collection for Alexander McQueen blends architectural shapes and deconstructed lines with strong, empowering feminine cuts and layering. Inspired by the milestone moment’s in a woman’s life – births, funerals, weddings; Burton wanted to highlight the strength and emotion of today’s woman with this powerful collection.
The unusual set featured boulders that were said to have been transported from a centuries old monument in the UK – the Standing Stones of Avebury – somewhere Burton and her team visited prior to the show. Burton was said to be capturing the emotion the team felt when visiting this historical monument.
Burton made her message clear with her designs, combining soft elements with strong statement, bohemian but at the same time powerful. Feminine ruffle dresses are contrasted with armour-like accessories and belts, signifying the inner strength of a woman. Even the softer gowns, thought to be inspired by Victorian wedding dresses, are belted at the waist with thick black leather. Knitted lace and neoprene belted dresses were playful yet strong at the same time, while Broideries analgise cotton dresses and blouses represented vintage garments – reportedly inspired by pieces Burton sourced herself in London’s vintage shops.
Tailoring created the ultimate power suits – which again had a sorted side with slits up the arms. Body jewellery was warn like armour over these looks. The colour palette was neutral until the addition of colourful florals. This flowers were replicas of photographs taken on Burton’s visit to the UK’s West Country – where she observed the flowers in the fields and captured their elegance.
Through evening wear you could really see the Victorian influences. With corset style waists and jagged hemlines. Lace was were present, which evening gowns created in head-to-toe lace, with one gold look almost reflecting the suit of a superhero. Even in their most feminine the looks signified power and strength.