Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on October 03, 2012


Sarah Burton continues her streak of paying respect to the house of McQueen’s history and aesthetic, with this dramatic collection of bee-inspired springtime looks. Offering up strikingly beautiful and dramatic looks in tones of gold and black, with extreme hourglass silhouettes, old-fashioned crinolines, a twist on the beekeeper’s hood, and a feeling of romanticism paired with strength, it’s clear the house remains in good hands.





[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • I’m too awestruck to type. wowie….so stunning and creative.

  • love.

  • lilibetp

    There are some really cool looks here.  I wonder how many Cathy Cambridge will adapt?

    • peacockprincess

      EXACTLY what I was thinking!  Really adore this collection–it’s so creative and fun

      • Beardslee

         Me too!  I love it and I look forward to seeing how the designer translates these looks to real life and which ones Catherine will choose to wear.

        • NC_Meg

          Yep! That’s the first thing I do when I see a McQueen line now. “Which one will Kate wear and how will she alter it?” (With that said, I do love it all as it and can appreciate it when someone wears it right off the runway.)

        • peacockprincess

          I am thinking a variation on the red poppy dress for Britain’s memorial day. 

    • MissAmynae

      I’m thinking either the red poppy or the gold gown.

  • I really, really love this! I also love the deconstructed nature of some of the pieces, where you can see the hoops or panniers through the fabric – or in the case of the gold gown, on top of it.

    • That particular look, I thought, gave everything that it was used in a refreshing lightness. Just. Wow.

      • I agree, and I’m not usually a fan of transparency (it feels so overdone lately), but this is the way to do it, it adds femininity to a garment that might look overworked and heavy, maybe even violent otherwise. 

  • Jill_3


  • Which one will Lady Gaga wear next week?

    • Scimommy

      Don’t know about the dresses, but you KNOW she’ll wear those hats!

    • AuntieAnonny

       Forget Gaga, let’s talk about Kate.

  • The gold dress (5th up from the bottom) clearly belongs to the queen bee.  No workers or drones here.

  • lizzybef

    Has anyone read ANGELMAKER by Nick Harkaway? This collection reminds me of that book. Interesting!

  • SpcilK

    This is a crazy and stunning collection. I love the hive and honeycomb references.

  • PastryGoddess

    That honeycomb design is to die for. I want ALL.OF.THOSE. jackets

    Thanks TLo!

  • joything

    lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove ad infinitum

  • watchmeboogie

    I’m not a fan of the tit-scaffolding in particular or see-through cage skirts in general, but other than that it’s just stunning.

  • 3Beaz

    I always look forward to the McQueen shows like a kid on Christmas eve, and I am never disappointed.  Just beautiful.    I delusionally like to think that this collection was made just for me since our unofficially family symbol is the bee and I have an unhealthy obsession with anything McQueen.  I will now daydream that this means that I can own every last piece of this collection 🙂

  • call_me_schmeg

    thank you for this. i’ve been having a pretty shitty day and all this awesomeness just wiped it all away.

  • VestigialMe

    I’m so in love with Sarah Burton, it’s ridiculous.

  • hyperionic

    Wow. Stunning. Diane Kruger needs to rock these. 

  • shelley514

    I’m salivating here. LOVE the red number at pic #8 and the black floor length at #12.  And generally overall the collection is the beast!!  Love the lampshade hats that cover the face; love the intricacy and detail of the collection; love the drama.  

  • *want* those shoe/stocking/pseudo-boots from the fifth look.  adore.

  • WOW. I bet these move beautifully on the runway…

  • Trisha26

    Stunning! If GaGa isn’t out in any one of these looks in two days I’ll be disappointed.

  • AlinaValero

    literally incredible.

  • I love most of these outfits, especially how they play with honeycomb shapes.. but those last three flower dresses are just ugly. S&M Bo-Peep has its appeals but the way it’s presented I don’t think it works.

    • My first thought was DALEKS! Giant, extra fluffy daleks! But I love the rest of the collection. 

      • Wow, now I really want a fashion magazine to do a “Springtime with Doctor Who” feature with this collection.

  • my thing about McQueen is they have never treated women like the weaker sex. their designs are powerful for kick ass women. this collection is striking as usual

  • Tatiana Luján

    Crazy – beautiful. Sooo cool!

  • Recovering from swoon
    I think I just saw my pretty for the season.

  • Wow. Stunning. PR finalists, STUDY THIS AND TAKE NOTES. We’ll discuss in detail in class tomorrow.

    • In_Stitches

       Given the, what, six weeks and the limited budget the PR designers have to put their final collections, it would be an accomplishment for any of them to produce ONE look of the caliber seen in this show.  There’s just too much work needed, too much expensive and often, custom made materials needed. 

  • RebeccaKW

    I don’t particularly care for the first pair of pants, but overall, WOW.

  • Winter_White

    Was trying to think of what to call the beautiful, glowing amber-ish accent color in the first three looks, my favorites.  I thought, “It reminds me of that jar of dark wildflower honey I bought…the one I love to hold up to the light and stare at…”  But it still took a moment to sink in:  Honey.  Bees.  Oh!  Anyway, I love that color along with the black and gold.

  • MilaXX

    JUST beautiful!

  • Vanja

    I like the beehive fabric, but the rest of the clothes are a bit too overdesigned for my taste. Don’t like the visible crinolines at all.

  • Wow. It’s like Scarlett O’Hara’s acid trip. 

  • love her so much. shes so worthy of being the head of mcqueen.

  • ojosazules

    I love bees. I love enormous dresses. I bow down to Sarah Burton. There is great beauty here. But. The yellow, red, and white Scarlett O’Hara dresses are ugly. That is not easy for me to say. 

  • Joyce VG

    I’m almost in tears. It’s just so beautiful. 

  • I did NOT expect to love these when I read your description. But I do. OH how I do! The entire collection is stunning and truly beautiful.

  • mjude


  • Judy_J

    Love it all, especially the honeycomb effect on the dressses in the 11th and 12th photos. 

  • Julie Carlson

    Some of those crinoline dresses would have Scarlett O’Hara swooning!  Beautiful!

  • The dropped shoulders are so romantic.

  • Corsetmaker

    LOVE! That’s all I have words for at the moment.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Is Baz Luhrmann remaking Gone With the Wind? ‘Cuz I think he’s got the costumes all taken care of and I’d watch the shit out of that.

    McQueen never fails to entertain, and Sarah Burton has really managed to maintain the house aesthetic while bring her own version of pretty vs. edgy to the table. The huge yellow gown with the flowers and just-visible hoops is a real showstopper. Can’t wait to see some of the more fashionably daring ladies in the wearable looks. I love the red and yellow dresses with that exposed-honeycomb bodice (and normally I hate the “I-can-see-your-corset” look). In terms of construction, there are looks to suit a lot of different bodies here. I can’t wait for someone to try the pantsuit and shortsuit.

    Absolutely gorgeous prints. I want a few yards of the gold honeycomb on black, just to play with.

  • flamingo1092

    Oh and here we are seeing this right before the avant-garde challenge on Project Runway.
    Poor designers…

  • hughman

    Oh how I do love a good veil. It’s all so mysterious and Lady In Court. 

  • pippitypup

    The smocking on the tops of skirts for dresses 11 & 12 is spectacularly well done.

  • Kate4queen

    When I see a McQueen show, even if I don’t always love all the clothes, I still come away with a sense of having seen such attention to detail that I’ve seen an art show. This is real couture at its finest.

  • Eehhhhmm I don’t know. It’s beautiful stuff but it’s also kind of expected. She’s nowhere near as innovative and avant-garde as McQueen himself was.

  • granddelusion

    Ah, more faceless women. Because objects don’t need faces.

  • lizajane1776

    Love it! Nothing I could wear, but that wouldn’t happen anyway.
    Is the gold gown the “bridal” gown? Is that why she got the gold hat instead of the black?

  • afabulous50

    I hope Gaga shows up in that last one….what a riot.

  • Le_Sigh

    oh man – i want one of those hats so badly.  the couture visor.

  • Everything is just gorgeous beyond words. 

  • mhleta

    Oh, this is breath taking and brilliant! I saw a collection of things owned and worn by Napoleon Bonaparte and his wives at a time when I also happened to be taking a Roman Civilization class. Bees were very much part of the Roman culture through the Pax Romana and were also incorporated into the branding of several of the emperors and then co-opted for similar purposes by Napoleon and his artisans. (Pardon the Cliff Claven moment there.) I love the way they blew out the concept here. It goes overboard with the three daisy dresses. One would have been sufficient. The orange dress should definitely have been edited out but otherwise, I’m fairly well besotted.

  • Kyle Crawford

    LOVE ! Fashion capital F…. She is keeping McQueen alive and FRESH!  #13 – first long black dress : Charlize Theron

    • Kyle Crawford

      I so hope someone has the moxie to wear one of the last four dresses , as is – on a red carpet….Anne Hathway in the red – or is it too much for her ?

  • Ripped bodices, for the bodice ripper in you!

  • frannyprof

    I can see Helena Bonham Carter in ALL of these. And she would look fabulous.

    • Katebush

       I love these and agree- but i was thinking Dita Von teese in the black!

  • Sara__B

    After seeing these spectacular photos, I hurried to watch the runway show on youtube and was disappointed that most of the outfits look better in still photos than in motion. Especially those big gowns at the end — so stiff! The fabrics and execution, and most of all the unusual inspiration, are still incredible. I look forward to watching the runway show again (and again?) for all those details I’ve missed.

  • PinkLemon

    this is EXCITING fashion. although the gowns do look a bit over worked. still – J’ADORE.

  • EEKstl

    Spectacular.  Is it wrong of me to want to see Christina Hendricks in that red knee-length showstopper with the black and gold “bra”?

  • scrappy1

    Beautiful, but maybe a tad too literal.

  • CMS

    Thank you SO MUCH for the big, single dress, pics.  I love so many of these (though not quite all). Most of all I love the whole-neck jewellry, although it’s probably very uncomfortable.

  • I LOVE IT SO MUCH b;SMDgaodjf. I can’t even talk, much less type, I am so overwhelmed.

  • Rin

    watching the video, i really love the first half. However, the second half went downhill with the last four dresses which are really hideous and over-wrought. 

  • I LOVE the printed off the shoulder red dress.  It’s going straight in my imaginary wardrobe.

  • Judy_S

    Not hourglass–wasp-waist!

  • kimmeister

    Now THAT is a show.

    I think I could actually pull off that black/gold vest in the 2nd look in my “normal person” life.  Now if only I had a bajillion dollars to afford it . . .

  • SapphoPoet

    So beautiful and creative; romantic and powerful. I love the deconstructed looks; my favorite is the gold gown with the hoopskirt on the outside.

  • One of the most stunning collections I’ve seen in a long time.  

  • ChelseaNH

    I was distracted from the pretty by wondering who’s going to show up on the red carpet in a hoop skirt.  Well, besides Lady Gaga.

    • SignLadyB

      Isn’t that funny, I had exactly the same thought. 

  • crackineggs

    My eyes are so happy now.  It’s like an amuse bouche after the Cameron debacle.

  • MrsJulien

    That Klimt-y one is a poem.

  • YoungSally

    Agreed — totally spectacular.

    Although the hoop skirt frames as outerwear remind me of a very long night at a Russian nightclub in Brighton Beach (Tatiana’s) ….Vegas styled Donatella look-a-likes wearing bustiers, showgirl headpieces and hoop skirt frames dancing to Mambo Italiano.

  • gabbilevy

    McQueen doesn’t make clothes. These aren’t clothes. They ARE gorgeous.

  • WOW. that is all.

  • The woman is a genius.

  • The collection is beautiful, however to me, the basic structure is looking a bit same ol same ol which Lee McQueen’s designs never were. 

    • Candigirl1968

      Agreed.  Once you get to the gowns, it gets a bit old.  Also, LAM used to have more to say through his clothes.  

  • suzq

    I keep bees as a hobby…I cannot even begin to tell you how delighted this collection makes me.

  • Zippypie

    I don’t like this collection at all except for the hats.  It looks amateur costume.  Those last two gowns are horrible, with the flower explosions over the breasts.  Reminds me of the crocheted toilet paper cover dolls my grandmother used to make.  I’m not asking this fasciously but honestly – if another designer had turned out this collection, would there be such praise or is it just that it is “Alexander McQueen”?

    • ojosazules

      I completely agree about the flower explosions dresses. 
      Maybe it’s something wrong with me, but the Paris fix this year was disappointing all round. 

  • michelle shields

    All the other spring collections fade into the dust after seeing this! Truely stunning!

  • This is just unbelievably gorgeous!  I just love all of it!  Our pretty for the day, Uncles?

  • unbornfawn


  • crash1212

    OMG! LOVE. 

  • love

  • no comment on the YSL collection and ensuing imbroglio? I’m surprised! We are dying to hear your take on everything!

  • MissAmynae

    Burton is doing an astounding job marrying her softer romantic style with McQueen’s more gothic surreality.  She’s doing the house proud- this collection is simply stunning. 

  • mayavaly

    Absolutely stunning collection.  Can’t wait to see a celeb in one of these (someone less predictable than Gaga, like Elizabeth Banks for example).

  • Ooh, some of these are extremely fabulous!

  • quiltrx

    I am struck with a sudden need to watch “Spirit of the Beehive”!  Lots to love here, but I think my favorite is the black tea-length number with the honeycomb pleating.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Fantastical.  Love it.

  • lrhoff

    Pure art.

  • yybb

    If you did not say it was spring collection, I would think it was “Couture” collection.
    It is just pure art.

  • Anathema_Device

    So gorgeous. I would love to see these piece up close. the work looks to be incredible.

  • aristida_girl

    sooooooooooooo pretty… time to bust out the tortoise shell pumps…

  • guest2visits

    I love the prints/fabrics from the first three frames; I would have liked to see them used in more conventional dresses and coats
    as opposed to all the hoop-skirt pagentry pictured here.

  • pookiesmom


  • I can tell that there’s pretty, but honestly this entire collection is giving me the screaming collywobbles… looks like something straight from The Cell! Lush, gorgeous colors yes, but someone’s going to be bleeding at the end of that catwalk…

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i like that she chose hives & honeycomb & flowers, not just the old black yellow black yellow. & i love that second red dress.

    still not & never will be crazy about sheer skirts, not in anyones hands or over anyones legs. & some, but not all, of the cages are a bit overdone–more are better, fewer exhausting. on the whole, though, this is a nice collection of stuff. i’d say i wish i could afford some of it but i could only wear it in a world we no longer have. in truth, thats probably the only place w/in some sort of reason where it would make a difference. not here not now, like everything it’s just more page fodder & low rent drama. so theres also that.

  • claudemtl777

    What a great choice that designer was for the House of McQueen…Its perfect…

  • I think the strength of this collection is that it’s a female interpretation of the Alexander McQueen aesthetic 

  • The last two dresses make me think of flowery Daleks–and I mean that in an entirely positive way 🙂

  • Spectacular!

  • This is the first McQueen collection that I’ve ever actually loved.

  • boomchicabowwow

    Jaw on floor.  Keep it up Sarah.

  • oohsparkley!

    For some reason the yellow Scarlet O’Hara gown made me laugh.  The rest are interesting or fabulous.

  • This is the first McQueen collection in a while that I did not turn up my nose to.

  • boweryboy

    I’m in the minority here, but I don’t like it.  It’s the first Burton collection for McQueen I flat out do not like – and some of her collections have given me pause.

    It’s too literal from the honeycomb cutout fabric to the amber corsets and chokers with embedded bees.

    It also feels a bit one-note.  I’ve found that Burton is starting to fall back on the same silohuettes and within those silohuettes she will do three or four minor variations of the same dress.  I mean, nearly identical but one will be short sleeved then long sleeved or no collar then collared.

    And although you can’t tell from the photographs she has returned yet again to the heel-less high heel shoe for the fourth collection in a row.

    There’s some incredible attention to detail – that smocking is fabulous – but it’s not enough.  It’s too crazy and not in the cool crazy way that I usually except from the McQueen label.

  • Sarah Rinehart

    i die.

  • nicole seligman

    god i would love to see taylor swift in that first red number with the peekaboo top.

  • Corsetmaker

    This collection is so totally up my street! The detail is gorgeous. There are two corsets, one black one cream that are completely covered with the type of traditional flossing that was used heavily on the ends of boning channels on antiques. She’s taken it to it’s peak covering the whole corset with it. I love the skeleton corsets and the cage crinolines. I think the smocking is wonderful and I love the layering.

  • librarygrrl64

    Beautiful. And I can see how more than a few will be adaptable for non-runway wear. Oh, that I had the budget and the figure!