Sarah Burton unveils her final opus for Alexander McQueenin the Spring Summer 2024 collection titled ‘Anatomy II,’ a resonant exploration of female strength and form. Drawing a wealth of inspiration from the intricate spheres of female anatomy, the defiant legacy of Queen Elizabeth I, the profound allure of the blood-red rose, and the evocative artistry of Magdalena Abakanowicz, the collection radiates unyielding creativity and uncompromised vision.
The collection stands as a heartfelt dedication to the memory of Lee Alexander McQueen, upholding his enduring wish to empower women through fearless fashion and innovative expression.
The collection is a sartorial sonnet, with each piece an eloquent stanza exuding resilience, elegance, and intricate craftsmanship. The tailored dress from Look 01 envelops the wearer in black wool, with sliced shoulders and a slashed bodice, artfully punctuated by a blood-red laced spine. It’s a powerful ode to the potent female form, echoed across the collection’s successive looks. The wishbone corset of Look 02 exudes an avant-garde allure, balanced by a skirt in gold shredded armor stitch knit, reflecting the indomitable spirit of the female warriors of yore.
This collection is inspired by female anatomy, Queen Elizabeth I, the blood red rose and Magdalena Abakanowicz, a transgressive and powerfully creative artist who refused ever to compromise her vision. The show is dedicated to the memory of Lee Alexander McQueen, whose wish was always to empower women, and to the passion, talent and loyalty of my team.
– Sarah Burton.
The exploration of color continues to be a prominent theme, with the opulent blood-red hue masterfully intertwined in various pieces, evoking emotions, signaling power, and subtly acknowledging the beauty of the rose. Look 07, a double-layered seamless slip dress in black chiffon, is imbued with a photographic blood-red rose print captured by David Sims, seamlessly marrying visual appeal with tactile luxury.
The excellence in tailoring evident throughout the collection serves as a subtle nod to the deftness and precision inherent in the female spirit. Looks that include single-breasted tailored jackets and coats with corset details, trousers in black wool grain de poudre, and open back designs epitomize the seamless fusion of strength and elegance.
The collection’s commitment to artistic expression shines in its tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz. The influence of Abakanowicz’s defiant creativity is palpable, especially in pieces like Look 19’s corset pencil dress in black leather, adorned with a hand-painted blood-red rose. It’s a serene yet powerful artistic statement, reflecting the undiluted vision Abakanowicz was celebrated for.
Further complementing the apparel are the innovative footwear and accessories. The new Armadillo knee-high and thigh-high boots in black leather are paired with captivating silver and gold metal heart details, and the thorn mules with pointed toes demonstrate the brand’s commitment to reinventing classic designs with a contemporary edge.
The intricate jewelry pieces, including Tudor rose rings, necklaces, and the breastplate in gold metal, are a tribute to regal elegance, reminiscent of the grandeur of Queen Elizabeth I and resonating with the themes of empowerment and steadfast resolve.
The bag collection, featuring The Peak, The Cove, and The Rise, combines functional design with aesthetic allure, underscoring the brand’s commitment to creating pieces that are as practical as they are visually arresting.
The Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2024 collection is a rich tapestry woven with threads of historical references, artistic tributes, and a powerful thematic focus on female anatomy and empowerment. The intricate designs, luxurious materials, and innovative detailing make each piece a unique artifact, celebrating the multidimensional facets of femininity and the unwavering strength of the female spirit.
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