Discover ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Fall Winter 2022.23 Collection, that was inspired by the interconnecting power of mycelium, presented on March 15th, in New York. The collection explores the mycorrhizal network (the Wood Wide Web) which connects individual plants together to transfer the right nutrients to the right plants. For the season, designer Sarah Burton also explores connection between people and the strength of unity. 85% of the collection was made from upcycled materials.
I am so happy to be back in New York, a city that has always been close to our hearts. We showed the Dante collection here in 1996, and then came again with Eye in the autumn of 1999. It is part of our community, a place that has always welcomed us, and this season I want to honour that. So, this collection is inspired by that idea of community, and specifically by mycelium, by the reality of nature as a community that is far, far older than we are. Mycelium connects even the rooftop of the tallest skyscraper to the plants, to the grass, to the ground, to animals and to human beings. Mycelium has the most profound, interconnecting power, relaying messages through a magical underground structure, allowing trees to reach out to each other when either they or their young need help or are sick. The idea is humbling – beautiful – and, of course, a metaphor for interconnection and for community between people, between us all. We exist as single, individual entities on one level, but we are far more powerful connected to each other, to our families, to our friends, to our community. Given everything that has happened over the past two years, that seems more important than ever. As a community we are infinitely more able to restore, reinvent, rejuvenate – heal. – Sarah Burton, Creative Director