Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on October 11, 2011

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Like the house of Versace, Alexander McQueen head designer Sarah Burton took her inspiration from the sea, but the difference in approach is indicative of the vast difference in the house styles. Versace’s version was glittering and literal, with starfish, seashorses and shells emblazoned on the garments. Burton took a far more interpretive approach that nonetheless evokes the wonder of the underwater world far more effectively. Lace evokes seaweed, ruffles evoke coral, and the palette moves from sea-at-night blacks to anemone-vivid orange to dusky greys and purple-blues that reminds us of a beach at sunrise, with ivories and pearls and glittering golds spread throughout. The sweep of the gowns have an aquatic feel to them and even the babydoll dresses have a fluid sense of motion. As per usual, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful – and more importantly, thoughtful -  collection of looks.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

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  • Cheri Lee

    Breathtaking

  • Anonymous

    Spectacular! Deserves hi-res pics.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fade131 Fade 131

    I can’t wait to see that 1st dress in the 6th row on Gaga. <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      I immediately thought the same exact thing! With the head piece, of course. I mean, who else?

  • Anonymous

    The link to the Versace collection is broken.  Here is the correct URL: http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/09/versace-spring-2012-collection.html

  • Anonymous

    I want to sing like Sebastian when I look at these dresses. Very happy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      We got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea!

  • Anonymous

    Much of this is stunning. I prefer this interpretation of an ocean inspiration to Versace’s. I’m not really into the baby doll dresses. They look like brightly colored bunches of kale to me.

    My fave is the gold dress in the middle of the second row.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I love all three pieces in that row, and I hate gold clothing. But these are so elegant.

      • Anonymous

        I know. I usually think gold looks tacky or cheap. I’ve started following Nina Garcia on Pinterest. She has a board dedicated to gold clothing for Spring 2012. A lot of the looks are actually pretty nice. Much of the gold fabric has a more burnished look to it, which I think makes it more appealing.

  • Anonymous

    It’s pretty, but I miss the otherworldly fantasy of the original McQueen.

    • Oze R.

      And yet, this are dresses that actual women can wear in, of course, special ocassions, but in the real world neverthelss. A real body moves with ease in those gowns. No disrespect to the late genius, but I really like this turn.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Krumel/774655640 Jennifer Krumel

      I noticed that. The sea inspiration reminds me of a somewhat similar theme the original McQueen tackled in Spring….2003? 2004? With a ‘drowned woman’ theme. The work os no doubt much more ‘woman friendly’ and based in reality, but she does a damn fine job carrying on the name. 

  • Ebony Dawkins

    This collection is Beautiful. SB has carried on Lee’s work & with every new collection, I get a little verklempt.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I was going to say!  She’s done a spectacular job, and I got teary too.  :)

  • Anonymous

    And oh my god, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing the first look on the sixth row (symmetrical black and nude patterned sheath dress with matching mask).  Is it just me, or does that look like it was designed just for Gaga?

  • Anonymous

    This is costume crazy and so unlike the avante garde, dramatic, intricate, and inventive collections that reeked of Alexander’s genius. I don’t see or get it.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Funny. I love McQueen’s work, but I find this collection far more wearable than some of his own.

  • michelle shields

    absolutely stunning!  Any bets on who wears what on the red carpet this year?

  • Anonymous

    I much prefer this version of the ocean to Versace’s. SB is doing great things with a much loved line.

    And for some reason, I keep wanting to start singing the French chef song from the Little Mermaid…

  • Sara__B

    Beautiful and wearable, but lacking the mind-blowing inventiveness that Alexander McQueen did so well. Nothing here pushes the envelope, but it’s very lovely.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree that while these clothes are gorgeous, the collection as a whole lacks a bit of the spark of sheer genius that McQueen brought to the table. But…of course it does. He was, truly, one of a kind. That Burton has done such an exceptional job of turning out stunning looks that refer back to McQueen’s style without looking like knockoffs is itself an astonishing achievement. I wouldn’t have thought someone would be able to keep this line as strong, fresh, and relevant as she has. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    Absolutely gorgeous.  I would wear those little babydoll dresses every day.

  • Anonymous

    I think Burton has really come into her own.  She got a horrible job and has really done well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DWKVUFLFVNLMOSN7EEYELB3T7I joseg

    Is that Nina and Joanna in the background? (Yes, I’m in first name basis with both)

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing the head pieces are fishing net inspired?

    I like most of the colors and some of the dresses are very pretty. The blacks border on S&M to me or maybe it is just the styling.

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully said. 

  • Addicted2Glamour

    These photos are simply glorious. I’d love to see some larger pictures, the textures and colours are beautiful. Very well done.

  • Anonymous

    A few of those ruffle-y dresses look quite a bit like nudibranchs, which are often almost surreal in their beauty. A cool collection.

  • MilaXX

    Beautiful and breathtaking! Some of very wearable and then there’s the balck and gold in the middle that screams Gaga complete with face mask.

  • http://twitter.com/Deac82 Mike M.

    you must look at the detail shots on vogue or style.com — what I thought was a plain suit (for McQueen, anyway) was anything but on the close-ups.  I still wonder why they don’t show at couture week.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the link.  That makes all the difference.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, thanks for that link. At first I wasn’t impressed at all, all I could see were the ruffles but after seeing the detail shots, I changed my mind. They’re gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    2nd row, middle dress I can see Anna Paquin wanting to wear (she wore a similar silhouette last year, I think, with different tones) but it will need to be hemmed at least 4 inches for the mere mortal, and petite, Paquin. 

    As for people missing McQueen’s theatricality, I have to stick up for Ms. Burton.  I suspect she knows she can’t out McQueen McQueen – so why try?

    GORGEOUS collection.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    I am not a fan of the pelvis belts in the first row, but otherwise all is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I would have to pull a Kaylie (from Firefly ep. “Shindig”) and hang them all on the walls, while eating chocolates and staring at them lovingly.

  • Anonymous

    I mostly love these.  For some reason I see Fergie in the orange mullet dress in the second to last row.  And I am not sure that that is good.  ah well.  

  • Anonymous

    6th row – all 3 looks – YES
    YES YES YES YES YES YES

    And the filmy lace head coverings work, too, evoking a sea-changed visage … these are pearls that were her eyes …

  • Anonymous

    As usual, absolutely stunning.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    Nothing short of stunning, every one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    beyond amazing.  These dresses are spectacular.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous!!!

  • Anonymous

    Really gasp-worthy beautiful.

    The babydoll dresses read a bit twee to me, especially the orange-bird one.  But even those are still pretty, just not something I respond to personally.

  • Anonymous

    How I would love to have been in the audience.  I’d love to see a McQueen show just once.

    • mc90

      Yes. Me too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLSER5H3A6FPBAZOEIQIOBHAYM Elizabeth Rust

    Lovely, especially the floaty coral gown. But for me, the heavier masked pieces brought Mexican wrestling into the mix!

    GoryDetails

  • Erica Niemiec

    This reminds me of The Tempest. “Full fathom five thy father lies…” Beautiful.

  • Leslie Carver

    so freaking gorgeous!

  • Helen C

    I want to see Angelina Jolie gaining 20 more pounds and wearing that gold gown……  

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s an absolutely gorgeous collection. Why can’t I be famous and get to wear these?!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I’m always amazed by Sarah Burton — she has done such an outstanding job of stepping into McQueen’s shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Minority Report: Ugh. Hideous. That reddish gown looks like a used personal product. The headgear is repugnant — creepy, ugly, icky, scary and nasty. If this is fashion, give me a t-shirt and sweatpants. 

    • Anonymous

      Minority Report +1:  That collection was just batshit ugly…period

      • Anonymous

        Glad I’m not the only one. Many collections just bore me or I don’t “get” them but this one actually grossed me out.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      Shit.  I loved this collection and that dress, and now I can’t “unsee” the used personal product.

    • Anonymous

      Add me to the MR list. When I saw the first image, I thought: Tampon Dress. I’m also not seeing what everyone else is seeing in this collection. Maybe I need to look at some better photos, but I am finding much of this very unappealing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, I just can’t get behind those lace gimp hoods everyone’s wearing.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful,
    but some of the long gowns (especially the white ones) look a bit like Tisci’s Givenchy, non??of course maybe in movement and detail they don’t

  • Anonymous

    Burton’s done a fantastic job of stepping into McQueen’s shoes, but as lovely as this collection is, it seems to lack the sense of risk that McQueen took.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I
    Uh
    Um
    (gasp)
    (collapsing)
    wow.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I would love to see many of these dresses on the Oscar red carpet, too bad most celebs and their stylists tend to play it safe.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    it is gorgeous, absolutely, still–i can only imagine what wonders the dead man himself would have given us.

  • Anonymous

    I can feel the sand in my panties already.

  • Anonymous

    Either Burton is really coming into her own, or I’m getting used to her softer take on the McQueen legacy.  Really excited by this collection!

    • Anonymous

      “Softer take on the McQueen legacy.”  Sounds right to me.

      It’s a beautiful collection, even if not quite so dazzling as The Man Himself might have produced.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. I am aching for somebody to do some sort of super-high-budget sci-fi movie and have McQueen do the costumes.

    • Anonymous

      Something steampunk would be fabulous. 

  • Anonymous

    Ok off topic here, but is that Joanna Coles and Nina Garcia in the Background of the pics?

    Clothes are breathtakingly gorgeous and I love how wearable they are.  J’adore that second dress in the first row.  I would wear that in every color every day.

  • Anonymous

    man I loves me some McQ!  Gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Standing ovation!!  Just beautiful.  I would considering selling my house for some of these pieces…

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986?hl=en&tab=h Judy S

    I think this is the first time I have ever thought, looking at pictures of a runway show, that I would really like to have been there in person. This is just ravishing.

  • Anonymous

    They are all lovely…. but except for the final three, I don’t see the sea, so much as the critters in the sea.  Quibbling?… I suppose so!

  • Anonymous

    Those are phenomenal. I find the headpieces a little distracting (and I realize that’s just styling for the show), but those pieces really blow me away. All three of the orange/coral dresses are breathtaking.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Wow.  Best collection I’ve seen so far this year, bar none.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! Lots of coral-y and shell-ish textures and colors. LOVE It!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    So beautiful and inspiring. I love the femininity of it without it being sappy.

  • Modern Belle

    I think that Burton has done an incredible job taking over for McQueen. He was a rare genius that only comes around every few generations. No one, no matter how close they were, can ever exactly channel that kind of artistry or innovation.

    However, there was always an element of misogyny among McQueen’s designs. A lot of this was interpreted through Anglo-politics (Highland Rape and Widows of Culloden come to mind), but there was an underlying level of S&M.

    Burton had a tough audience. This was her first collection since designing THE WEDDING DRESS. Everyone was expecting her to go more classic and minimal. She’s taken the Lee McQueen aesthetic but provided a feminine softness that probably comes from being female and understanding how women wear clothes and feel in them.

  • Anonymous

    love

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

    Gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. 

    (Although the models’ covered heads give me the creeps. I once worked in a store where we made our own clothing and our window designer wrapped the heads of the dress forms in these very lacy scarves that we had. It freaked me out so much that I finally asked the owner if we could do something different–I just could not stand to look at them.)

  • Anonymous

    I’m so happy to see Lee McQueen’s legacy continue. This collection is breathtaking.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I might kill to own a few of these.  I love the shapes.  

  • Anonymous

    Stunning.  My favorite being the 1st dress in the 8th row, the one you spotlighted at the top.  Absolutely stunning.

  • Anonymous

    J’adore!

  • Anonymous

    It seems a shame to me to continue with the name McQueen. This is a lovely collection. I see the moon and sun reflecting on the water’s surface and the depth of the ocean in mottled light. Lovely. Even the black lace against skin reminds me of the moonlight on the waves. 

  • Rand Ortega

    Chills.
    Sarah continues to do the House of McQueen proud.

  • Anonymous

    EXTREMELY distracted by the covering of the faces.  It kind of disgusts me.  Don’t really see this done to men and hate that it is so often done to women.

    • Anonymous

      McQueen covered the faces of his male models as well, especially in his 2010 Fall/Winter collection

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I’m confused though… what’s going on on their heads/faces? It’s gorgeous but that bit weirds me out, especially in regard to the 1st look in the 6th row. It’s like Rorschach in high fashion.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE almost all of these.  The far left on the first row of black is kinda creepy.  The one directly below looks like the Phantom of the Opera in a teddy with an interest in bondage.  Same row, far right:  Cross between an orange Starburst & Hershey kiss.The rest are drop-dead gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it, but it sure is interesting to look at.

  • Anonymous

    It’s just stunningly beautiful. Go watch the video on the McQueen site, you get a better idea of the movement. It’s really breathtaking.

    If I was a skinny and rich I’d wear 6th row centre daily! The silver at the bottom is gorgeous too, and… oh it all is.

    As for the face coverings… I quite like them, but it’s just styling, it’s about the clothes.

  • R L

    Aw man, will we ever get larger photos again? The detail on these seems to require it! So beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      Style.com has somewhat larger images. New York Magazine and NYTimes also have images of shows. 

  • Anonymous

    Can’t get beyond the hoods.  Sends me right to “creep”. Most particularly row 6, col 1. 

  • Anonymous

    Exquisite. Makes me want to google Sarah Burton and learn all about her.  Mr McQueen would be proud.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I’m very underwhelmed.  I was really looking forwards to this collection.
     
    Sarah Burton has proven she has the technical skills and talents of McQueen.  What I miss about him is his sense of runway as theater, his outrageous creativity and his exuberant use of color, print and pattern.  IMO that’s were Burton is lacking as creative director.  I guess that’s the feminine touch reviews refer to.

    If I never see another black, white and beigeBurton/ McQueen collection again it will be too soon.  Bring on the colors! Bring on the prints!

  • Anonymous

    Models look like burn victims.  Creepy.

  • Anonymous

    This makes me so very happy. *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Cool. But I am trying to imagine some of the “hipped” gowns on Hollywood types and failing. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad to see that Burton is channeling McQueen. He would be proud, this is a gorgeous collection!!
     

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Wow!

  • http://twitter.com/almcafee Alison McAfee

    a beautiful collection, but it seems like too many of the dresses mirror look too similar. #2 & 3 in the first row, #1 & 2 in the second row, etc etc. I appreciate that each fabric is shown in threes, but come on, are those dresses different enough to show one after another?