Alexander McQueen Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on March 06, 2013



Darlings, consider this your Pretty of the Day. Your bizarre, dreamlike, maybe even a little disturbing Pretty of the Day. The McQueen fall 2013 collection took its inspiration from the Ballets Russes, the Pope, a sprinkling of religious iconography, communion gowns, cardinal’s robes, and the Virgin Queen herself. The result is eye-popping and luxurious beyond luxurious, like some sort of alternate reality, science fiction-tinged version of the Elizabethan era. These aren’t the most wearable things you’ll see walking a runway this season, but they look amazing.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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    • RL McGruder

      I am enchanted by all of these shots.  Ethereal and dark all at once.  For no logical reason whatsoever, I want those half-finger gloves.

      • Missy Covington

         Me too! I was going to write that they’re the most impractical thing I covet. What would you even do with half-finger gloves? Where would one wear them? But I still want them.

        • RL McGruder

          I’m sort of hoping that the fingers are all attached (except for the thumb, it looks like).  It just seems like it fits the vibe.

          • out for a walk

            Yeah, they look like brass-knuckle gloves, which makes sense given the clutches McQueen has done in the last few years. Anyway they are fantastic – gorgeous and sort of sinister at the same time.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        they are fabulous and weird, and they would stop a nail biting habit so they’re practical too.

        • Denise Alden

          Thank you.  You’ve just helped me sell these to my husband:  “But honey, I won’t be able to chew on my hangnails!”

          • ClevelandburbsBeth

            Let me know if that works for you 😉

      • kimmeister

        The pearls on this fingertip gloves look like googly eyes.  Eeek!

      • subwaycars

         I, too, want the gloves.

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes, to all of the above, the glove rings are fabulous!

      • Carla Axtman

        The beadwork on these pieces is exquisite.

        No, we’re not all going to run around with designer fencing masks, but wow…you can’t look away not because they’re bad…but because they’re so cool & weird.

      • Louise Bryan

        I want one of the veils…

    • Sarah Thomas

      First time in years I’ve seen a Western collection that comes close to matching the exuberance of Chinese couture. Well done. 

    • A. W.

      Holy shit.

    • Jessica | Surely Sonsy

      jeebus. this is remarkable. 

    • Stubenville

      Every Vegas hooker’s wet dream.

      • A. W.

        I’m not getting “hooker” from any of these looks. Just jaw-dropping luxury and edge.

      • Christina Diaz

        i don’t get either ‘hooker’ or ‘vegas’ in this collection at all.  you sure you saw the same thing we all did?

      • Donna Tabor

         The closest to sex fetish this gets is that first black number, which is a bit “Story of O”.

    • Synnamin

      Classic McQueen. I miss him so.

      Now which of these pieces will end up on Gaga?

      • StellaZafella

         I’d rather see them on Blanchett (the REAL Elizabeth I) or Tilda Swinton…or both,just to mess with our libidos.

        • Synnamin

           oooh. I like the way you think!

        • foodycatAlicia

           Oh yes.

        • crackineggs

           Cate was good, but Glenda Jackson was the best.

          • StellaZafella

             Funny, for some reason, I didn’t think anyone else here would be old enough to remember the magnificent Glenda…I re-watch the BBC Elizabeth R series regularly. (With some Vicar of Dibley or Mapp & Lucia for giggles).

            If I recall correctly, Cate even mentioned Jackson as one inspiration in her own work on the Elizabeth films…which only made me willing to love her more.

            • MoHub

              I am more than old enough! Glenda was the only real Elizabeth I for me—except for maybe Graham Chapman in Erizabeth R.

              And I wish those who like the abomination the is The Tudors could see the magnificent Keith Michell in The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

            • Beardslee

               Glenda Jackson was the ultimate, definitive Elizabeth.  Keith Michell was great as Henry.  The current Henry- Rhys Meyers? –  is so wrong physically I can’t buy him as Henry.  I think what made Henry so frightining, in part, was his unusual size.

            • MoHub

               Not just the size. He’s not even a redhead.

            • Corsetmaker

              Oh it’s best I don’t get started on The Tudors! Abomination is the word! Whoever made that casting decision should be given their books and a sharp boot up the backside!

              Glenda Jackson was amazing, and so was the Keith Michell Henry. Although when you look at pictures of Elizabeth I’s death mask she looked uncannily like Bette Davis! But Glenda had the right degree of presence and scariness combined with a vulnerable undertone. Plus she was attractive but not too attractive. The problem with a lot of modern actresses is that everything has got so looks dependent that they’re often too pretty and shiny to play historic parts. It’s what you jars the most in the glossier productions and it’s partly why the smaller, BBC series look better.
              I have switched off many a programme because I couldn’t cope with the blow drys and whitened teeth. 

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes! What a photo shoot that would be.

      • urbanamish

        the way sarah burton continues his unique vision blows my mind…classic mcqueen . i  totally agree, yet that’s really an oxymoron…. jesus my heart rate soared as i scrolled.

        • RuthGo

           I had that exact thought too, that it’s as if they were two parts of one entity and she just continues along his vision. It’s truly amazing. And those shoes! I want those shoes as pieces of artwork in my home.

    • daisy_walker

      *faints dead away*

    • Rand Ortega

      Amazing. If “Dune” is ever remade, this collection could serve as its costumes.

      • peacockprincess

        Precisely the problem with the collection.  It crossed the line from fashion into costume. 

      • Derek_anny

         In my fantasy production of the books (Dune, Muad’dib, The Prophet) I’ve accepted the necessity of making the dinner scene an extra ‘cut’ scene.  I don’t want it to look too unified, so I’ll get multiple designers.  Also, my costumer is going to hate me.  The challenge will be to dress everyone opulently, and then dress Jessica with such minimalism that she makes everyone else look overdressed, and not herself underdressed.  Yes, I’ve put too much thought into this.

      • Derek_anny

         Which is a long winded and  ineffective way of saying I agree with you.

    • Lynlee Espeseth

      Personally, I would love to see Kate Middleton show up somewhere in one of these head-to-toe looks. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will be happening. 

    • charlotte

      As long as they don’t sit down…

    • sleepycat

      Gaging on the fabulousness of the amazing detail work. This is pure luxury. To bad we will only see these in magazines. 

      • urbanamish

        fortunately not true!  there were two exhibits in the last 2 years in nyc !  one was at the metropolitan museum of art. and  not tucked away in the tiny basement,  like they do with other  fashion exhibits  but given the same treatment and respect of picasso.  surely there will be another . somewhere…  i’ll just say it was an unforgettable life experience.. .. … and i’ll find a way to travel to the next one.      

        • sleepycat

          I have the exhibit catalogue for the one at the met. I would adore seeing someone walk down the street in these outfits.  

        • Corsetmaker

          And yet still no word of a similar exhibition in London, despite the V&A pitching for it, which is bloody ridiculous!

    • hughman

      Regardless of one’s opinion about the “look”, the thought and craftsmanship are amazing. It makes Zac Posen’s “collection” look like an Etsy ad. 

      • greymain

        indeed! an ETSY ad !!!! roflmao….

      • Kimbolina

         Agreed!  I would kill to see these up close for the craftsmanship.

      • Nancy Dunn

        Hey, etsy has some seriously good craftsmanship on its site, stuff that makes Michael Kors’ pants look like home-ec class. Seriously.

        • hughman

          Oh there’s lots of great stuff on Etsy! I have a number of friends who have shops there. But there’s also a lot of “make skirts out of football jersey” stuff too. 

    • homofascist

      The detail in that black dress (the 6th look, that also has the shot of the back) is jaw dropping-ly stunning.  

      • aeb1986

         I agree. It almost looks like liquid. Just unbelievable

      • aykhan

        This is truly clothing as art.

    • MK03

      Kind of has a Cirque du Soeil feel to it, especially Alegria. And that’s not a bad thing.

    • makeityourself

      The number of sewing-hours in these garments overwhelms me.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Some of the more complex looks would have required the skilled hands of a few dozen people, and hundreds of hours.

        • StellaZafella

           There is an order of (now blind) gay male nuns somewhere who deserve some credit for this…
          The Sisters of Perceptual Indulgence.

          • Kiltdntiltd

            Oh VERY well played, Stella.

          • Rand Ortega

             Let us bow our heads & pray their eyesight shall never return, as such exquisite craftsmanship must always be in our undeserving midst.

    • Paigealicious

      Those pantyhose with the pearls…omg!  McQueen does have a thing for putting women’s heads in cages, though.

      • evahansman

        Only someone those thighs have never thought about touching could get away with the pearl fishnets

    • Elsewhere1010

      Elizabeth I. Bloody Mary. Mary Stuart. Margaret of Valois (Queen Margot). And that last one is a budgie.

      • Paigealicious

         Love me some Reine Margot.

    • Pennymac

       This is truly art. The opulence is amazing!

    • NurseEllen

      Wow, I wonder how long it took each model to get dressed.  those are some seriously complicated getups!  They are also seriously memorable in both a good and a bad way.  That first black dress is A-MA-ZING.  And that pearl studded hose–I can’t imagine what it took to make it look symmetrical all the way up the model’s legs.  McQueen’s special spirit clearly lives on in his design house.

      • MRC210

        I was thinking how proud he would be if he could see this collection.  

    • Courtenay P

      I just gasped. Gorgeous.

    • Laurie Landry

      Gaga is going to be all over the shoes/boots!

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Insane, and insanely beautiful. The McQueen house is in good hands. Only couture can do this. I am breathless.

    • Delysia LaFosse

      I was so skeptical about the idea of keeping the McQueen label going after his death, but I have to say that Sarah Burton really has done an unbelievable job of keeping AM’s aesthetic alive while clearly delineating her own work. This is truly an incredible, stunning collection.

      • Rand Ortega

         I felt the same way. But she’s definitely proven she’s a true talent.

      • DeborahJozayt

        Ya, it definitely took a couple of seasons to come into her own, but this collection is one that really respects McQueen’s level of craft and creativity.

    • Barbara Harris Morgan

      Want. everything.

    • VicksieDo

      I’m happy just contemplating the great editorial spreads that will come out of this glorious collection.

      • hac51

        Imagine what Vogue Korea could do with this.

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    • Katherine Pavlica

      Disturbing pretty?  Not in my book!  Every look captures the mood of monarchy with the covetousness of a McQueen original.  BTW, I’m so thrilled that his design team has risen to the challenge of keeping his vibe and spirit after his untimely passing.  I wish all design houses could have mastered that feat.

    • Airkisses

      1st shoe closeup: cheese graters.

    • zelavie

      Pure, unadulterated FASHION.  Amazing.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Nope..Don’t get McQueen..never have and never will.  These pieces are undoubtedly works of art, but they aren’t clothes.

    • MilaXX

      More like the Oddity of the Day, but I think I like it.

    • MinAgain

      I think I see a little “Games of Thrones” in the mix, too.

    • Cortney Dean

      I am in love. So stunning!!!

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Fucking incredible, museum quality art in motion.

    • Aidan B

      I am in love. The shapes, the way it references the Elizabethan Era, everything! The detail in these…I just can’t get over it. Down to the tiny fingertip gloves with the pearls; gorgeous beyond gorgeous.

    • JasmineAM

      Jaw dropping. I always love McQueen, but this is just so beautiful. 

    • Trisha26

      I want to live wherever they dress that way – in LOVE! And those individual finger coverings are to die!

    • greymain

      The craftsmanship defies description. What a divine collection !

    • m0r0

      Wow! Amazing craftsmanship.

    • Ashleigh Boutelle

      absolutely incredible
      why not?!

    • marilyn

      AMcQ is a freak.  He is all about drama, and is very theatrical.  After seeing this, how did he turn out the very plain and uninteresting wedding dress worn by (Princess) Kate?  AMcQ needs to design for theater companies.  Andrew Lloyd  Weber productions, etc.  Some of it is pretty, some of it is wild, and most of it really does not go together.

      This reminds me of the costumes in the Alice in Wonderland movie with Johnny Depp. Interesting but slightly disturbing.

      • Corsetmaker

        A ‘freak’! Really! ‘He’ didn’t. He is three years dead.
        Also, the wedding gown you refer to was far from plain when it involved hundreds of hours of work hand stitching appliqued lace. Subtle, yes. Plain, no.

      • StellaZafella

        I believe only French houses are allowed to carry the title: Haute Cotourier, which in fashion, is the very defenition and essence of drama and theatre. The House McQueen is one of a reletive few non-franc firms that truly approaches what it takes to own such a title…with collections like this.
        Kate’s dress was made to be worn for her wedding…it added to her radiance…it was exquisitely crafted…it did what it was made to do. There is no comparison.

        And movie costumes, no matter how stunning or odd, are, I think, simply not in the conversation.

    • subwaycars

      Man, some days I wish all the rich, famous people in the world dressed like this on a daily basis. This shit is magical.

      • urbanamish

        one person does…google daphne guinness.  warning, for real : this will easily take over your life for the next 2 hours to 2 days.  after some time back in the dull world,  then continue w/ isabella blow for your next mcqueen binge. their lives are as dramatic as their clothes and they are literally all intertwined.  

    • Nancer

      Amazing. Just simply amazing. This is a case of more really is more.

    • boweryboy


      The attention to detail and craftsmanship is gorgeous, but I’m SO over Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. 

      She has the technical skills and know-how but she lacks the creativity.  She has about four silohuettes in her repetoire and within those silohuettes she makes about five different version of the same dress. The first two photos are the same white dress!  She just changed the neckline and sleeves.

      Which brings me to another point:  all she makes is overdesigned embellished gowns.  Where are the impeccably tailored pants?  The flirty little cocktail dresses?  The vibrant prints and color? The sharp blazers and jackets?  The weird prosthetic corsets? The raw sexuality?  The showmanship and theatricality?

      If I see another black, white and beige with a pop of red collection from her I’ll scream.  What is with her and her fear of color, prints and pattern? 

      Sorry for the rant but McQueen is always the most anticipated collection for me and this collection of 10 dresses underwhelmed and disappointed me. Burton has fallen into a rut and perhaps allowing some fresh talent into the house of McQueen might breathe new life into the label.

      • filmcricket

        I was actually kind of thinking… not exactly the same thing, but that these were all rather same-y and also a tad literal with the ruffs and so forth. But the craftsmanship is astounding and I do love the use of pearls to create the illusion of armour. And none of them scare me, which McQueen’s designs used to do.

        • boweryboy

          That’s another thing I’m noticing.  Burton is also getting way too literal.
          That last collection based on bees with honeycomb cutouts in dresses and bees frozen in amber belts and bracelets and models wearing beekeeper hats was so literal it was ridiculous – and not in a good way.

          Don’t get me wrong.  The attention to detail and the craftsmanship in her designs are phenomenal but I’m beginning to think she’s resting more on that and less on actually designing.

      • urbanamish

        these points are all thoughtful and true..except that yawn…come on…this collection surely is derivative.. (although ,isn’t it supposed to be?) and  she is narrowly focused .. but i am interested in knowing which designer you think is up to this task? 
        even remotely in mcqueen genius league. i think you are expecting a lot.

        • boweryboy

          Ok.  So perhaps a yawn is a bit harsh, but I liked this collection the first time she did it in 2011.  I’m not necessarily saying Burton should step down as the head designer, but I do think allowing someone else – perhaps someone within the house – to offer some creative input could do wonders.

          As far as what designer I think would be up to the task I would have to say Thom Browne.  His womenswear collections increasingly wow me with each season.  Plus he’s a tailor like McQueen, and he’s very theatrical with his runway presentations.

          • urbanamish

            damn.  you’re good. he would be up to the task.  but honestly aren’t you more curious to see his own evolution, rather than relegating him to mcqueen interpreter?  i think your excitement and ultimate frustration is based on the depressing truth that he is gone.  and we cannot even imagine what could have been next. 

            • boweryboy

              This is all hypothetical, of course.

              I look forwards to Thom Browne’s collection every year.  He’s the only designer I’m fond of whose mens and womenswear collections both intrigue, excite and inspire me. 

              On the other hand, I don’t expect Burton to step down from McQueen anytime soon.  I just think she needs to challenge herself and, in turn, challenge me.  Make me find beauty in the grotesque and the uncomfortable like McQueen did.

              And you’re absolutely right about my frustrations.  I can’t even begin to imagine what could have been next.

              Plus, I look forwards to every Thom Browne

          • Corsetmaker

            Thom Brown is certainly the closest in skill and aesthetic. But I also would like to see how he develops on his own. Also, although this is less noticeable in Burton’s charge, McQueen is a very British house in it’s influences and interpretations and I wonder if it ever would go with a head designer from overseas.

            I thought the collection was hypnotically beautiful. Yes it was small but then it was planned to be due to Burton’s pregnancy. The workmanship is astounding. My fingers ache just at the thought of all the handwork involved in creating those garments.

            • boweryboy

              I agree. I want to see how Browne is going to develop on his own.  Since he started his womenswear collection, I’ve been as excited about it as I’ve been about any McQueen collection.

              I also see what you’re saying about McQuee being a Biritish house.  So if I were to  chose a British designer who would be up for the task I would have to say Gareth Pugh.

              I didn’t know Burton’s pregnancy was behind why this collection was so small, but even so that’s where having additional creative input comes in.  Allow that other person to design 10 additional dresses with her final approval.  At least we would have full collection instead 2 variations of 5 dresses.

    • Nancy Dunn

      So Elizabethan! My favorite time period in history. I truly love his collection!

    • gillian holroyd

      Please send it to the V&A so we can all enjoy!

      • decormaven

        These definitely need to be on display so they may be studied. The handwork on these pieces is amazing. 

    • Dagney

      Cate, Tilda, Gaga, and Katy?  Darlings, your closet has arrived.

    • UglyCasanova

      Good god, absolutely exquisite.  

    • FridaStaire

      Steffi will be in heaven! No more worrying about who or what to wear to go to the shops!

    • Susan Crawford

      Works of art. This is an incredibly magnificent collection – truly worthy of McQueen’s legacy, Ms. Burton! And your own ethos is shining through.

    • YayaGurl

      I can’t believe how much I like the head cages. wow.

    • Kate4queen

      I can’t imagine anyone wearing one, but I still appreciate that they are art pieces all by themselves. :)

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Exquisite.  Bizarre shapes, yet with soothing symmetry and repetition of pattern so my brain can relax.  I’m a Tudor freak, so any sort of lattice pattern speaks to me.

      I want to wear the eighth look to work in my office on Monday.  I wonder how long it would take before someone said, “Hmmm, I was wondering…”

    • Corsetmaker

      A rather narrow collection, but oh so exquisite!

      Mind you, I’ll bet the McQueen workrooms have been like a skating rink with all those pearls! Hmmm, wonder how many gross of them they’ve gone through.

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    • lobsterlen

      You know head cages could be very practical in certain social situations.

      • j_anson

        I’m assuming that was the part that was inspired by the Pope.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      And that’s how you do haute couture.

      • SewingSiren

        Believe it or not, this isn’t Haute Couture. It is most certainly high fashion. As far as I know McQueen (nor Sarah Burton for him) never did a Haute Couture collection under his own name. He did do a few Haute Couture collections for Givenchy back in the late 90’s . I think he quit or was fired around 2001.

    • bertkeeter

      Love the diamond chain hosiery….it pays to be a QUEEN!

    • RescueMe23

      I would like to live in that world.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Is it weird that I love the head-jails?

    • Zippypie

      That was fuckingfantabulous.

    • PeaceBang

      I can’t imagine what an honor and a thrill it must be to get to wear this art. I have just decided that seeing a McQueen runway show is on my Bucket List.

    • Buffy

      Fashion elevated to art.  Now I really regret not seeing the McQueen exhibit at the Met when I had the chance.  :-(

    • Ms Alistar

      I have this need now for pearl dotted fence net stockings. I didn’t fathom such a need until just now, but I need them. God Bless McQueen!

    • Indovina

      I have a somewhat more restrained reaction than most others here, it seems.

      It’s McQueen and it feels like McQueen, even though it isn’t the work of the founder himself. The workmanship is amazing, of course, and there is the trademarked theatricality and drama to it. But for all of its “bizarreness” it still seems very expected. I said it feels like McQueen, but in some respects, it feels more like the rest of his work, the looks in between the stand-outs in a collection.

      I don’t know. Maybe I’m being unfair.

      In any case, I should admit that I’ve never been much a fan of McQueen – though where I have little fondness, I have a good deal of respect. It’s just that my taste in “bizarre” and “maybe even a little disturbing” has always trended more Comme des Garçons.

    • Winter_White

      Forgot to breathe.

      Thank you for this post.

    • PrunellaV

      Alexander McQueen is dead — an era has passed. But this is a damn good afterlife.

    • innacan

      being russian all i can is Faberge eggs on a fabulous pedestals… the headpieces ruin it all for me, otherwise everything is gorgeous

    • siriuslover

      This is pretty awesome. Those headpieces look like the sceptre (or maybe it was the orb, I don’t remember) that you see in particular Elizabethan images. 

    • redhead with tattoos

      All hail McQueen. 

    • MishaFoomin

      I would like a head-net, please. No reason really. Do I need one?

    • Anne At Large

      Paging SWINTON, Saldana, Blanchett and BingBing…

      • Fordzo

        The second dress looks like it was MADE for Mia Wasikowska.  

    • frannyprof

      Pure fantasy. I love it.

    • Anniebet

      These actually gave me goose bumps. Such a majestic collection. Incredible details, those finger gloves, the birdcage headpiece, ineffingcredible legwear and shoes. And ruffs! RUFFS! Pass the smelling salts, pls.

      The only jarring note for me is in the dress in pictures 13 and 14. Weird feather placement and decidedly odd sleeves. 

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    • quiltrx

      Definitely not anyone’s idea of ‘wearable’–but the detailing is incredible.  The most wearable–and to me the most gorgeous–is the gown with the latticed skirt.  Heavenly.

    • Nariya

      Just gorgeous. Well-played, Sarah Burton. Well-played.

    • Qitkat

      The House of McQueen continues to fascinate me. If I could have one wish granted by the Fashion Fairy, it would be to gain access to the closets where all the McQueen garments, past and present, are archived (I should be very very disappointed if there is no such place) and be allowed to touch, and inspect, and admire at close range, the impeccable details, and exquisite fabrics and trims. I would probably forget to breathe.

      And I love the beaded head cages.

    • pdquick

      This stuff is seriously hideous in absolutely the best kind of way ever.

    • Lily-Rygh

      Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!  I often get pissy with designers who create entire collections that are virtually unwearable, but this one…I mean…holy SHIT!  Just positively exquisite. 

    • MissAmynae

      *Sigh* otherworldly, and so very, very McQueen.  I want to touch it so bad!!!

      Thank you, Sarah Burton, for continuing Lee’s aesthetic and melding it with your own vision.  

    • ZnSD

      LOVE. This is what fashion is supposed to be before it was caught up by merchandising and chewed into nothingness. Brilliant. RIP AMcQ.

    • fursa_saida

      I wish I could see what these clothes looked like on some ladies with a little more melanin in their skin. Even leaving the representation issues aside, I legitimately want to see how it would look–the all-pale models do contribute to the icy effect (and I guess call back to the Ballets Russes and Queen Elizabeth), but I feel like some of these designs might come alive with a little more contrast.

    • Laylalola

      Pretty. But costumes.

    • Terrible_Person

      Gorgeous! Sadly, I doubt we’ll be seeing much of this collection outside the runway.

    • PastryGoddess

      Dear Diety in Heaven I love McQueen!

    • Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      This collection reminds me that Elizabeth I was probably the first fashionista and embodied the expression of Fierce!

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    • Fordzo

      I desperately want to live in a world where I could – and should – wear clothes like this to my job as a librarian.  Even the head cages.  But especially the shoes and stockings.  

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Now I really want Sofia Coppola to make a modern ‘Queen Elizabeth’ á la her ‘Marie Antoinette’ with these clothes and a rock soundtrack. Who’s with me?

      • Carina

        Oh god, YES!!!! 

    • Sylvia

      This should be thrown in the face of everyone who says Burton is not a fitting successor to McQueen

    • mhleta

      Exquisitely kinky. Seductive and foreboding. Luxurious and torturous. I really want to see this collection in person. They should take it on tour. 

    • Alyssa

      Stunning! I love it. I can’t wait to see these in editorials (I doubt they’ll be showing up on the red carpet, unfortunately)!

    • Carina

      Literally breathtaking…what exquisite work!

    • notterriblybitter

      I wonder how long it took those models to get dressed and how many people they needed to assist them.

    • Kristy Evans

      Wow. That shit is ART. Can’t wait to see it in an editorial.

    • Silly Grrl

      That is like the McQueeniest collection I’ve ever seen. It’s gorgeous. 

    • rkdgal

      I feel the need to invent new words to describe the awesomeness of these clothes. Confabulous! Flimflamorous! Craymazing! I am fascinated by the ring-fingerlets; how do they work?

      • amaranth16

        Craymazing!!! Best thing ever.

    • Monday1900

      What I wouldn’t give to see Swinton show up to a red carpet dressed in that second black outfit (with the closeups of the pearl encrusted fishnets)!  Great stuff!

    • JuliaInBlack

      I want to marry this collection, have all its babies, and care for it in its old age.

    • Patrick Cleary

      This is just unbelievable stuff. Gorgeous and a little scary all at once.

    • LuxuryLime

      I’m not particularly enthralled by the Fabergé egg head cages. But the detail is astounding! And the shoes are fairly amazing.

    • smitnkitn

      I want a movie inspired by this collection.

    • marlie

      Always one of my favorite collections. Completely fascinating, and stunningly beautiful. A really wonderful fairy-tale element to it as well.

    • EEKstl

      Quite spectacular.  I’m sure we’ll see slightly less cray cray versions of these on the RC in the months to come.

    • Danielle Lisle

      Ah, to spend a day inside the minds at McQueen. What a lovely world it must be.

    • peachy

      omg these are stunning. *reaches to close mouth manually*

    • LaSylphide

      Somebody should invent an event these could be worn to as is. Wow.

      • laddie103

         Stage the Tudor operas instead of the boring, true-to-period pieces they used, particularly that Anna Bolena in New York that made Anna Netrebko look incredibly UN-glamorous.

      • libraangel

        Broadway is calling!

    • libraangel

      As Nina (or is it the Duchess) would say ” Too costumey” (But still fabulous to look at)

    • GorgeousThings

      Hmmmmm, the Wall Street Journal thought it was rather costumey, and I can see why. 

    • Pterodactyl111

      I’m glad to see face-cages are coming back.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i’m glad the europeans are going crazy, the new york shows were mostly so normal.  and colorless.  (excepting thom browne, of course.)  i was thrilled to see a collection that made me say “WOW!”  so gorgeous and wild and intriguing.

      what is that backdrop/runway floor thing that looks like a hologram of a fun house mirror?  inquiring minds want to know.

      • Corsetmaker

        I always find the NY shows, with a few notable exceptions, to be rather conservative and overly commercial for my taste. I like a bit of a show :)

        It appears to be a distorted mirror panel through the doorway where the models are coming through and there are reflections on the floor. If you go to the McQueen website you can watch the show and you can see better there.

    • EmilyMullasWilson

      They need to force Project Runway contestants to stare at these gowns for hours before they do an avant garde challenge.  THIS is avant garde, people: changing rules, pushing boundaries, glorying in your unique voice while still acknowledging that you’re speaking into an ongoing conversation.  Haute coutoure is not an almost-wearable shift dress with a bunch of feathers glued to the shoulder.

      • Caitrin

        yeah. well. then they need to give them the several days it would take to actually make a proper avant garde piece. the fact that they expect anything remotely “avant garde” in under 3 or 4 days is beyond ridiculous… in under a week really. how long do you think those pieces above were worked on? avant garde can be hard for younger designers to learn to do for themselves and shoving it on them in a reality set situation is the stupidest thing i’ve ever witnessed. 

    • pdquick

      McQueen is dead. Long live McQueen.

    • amanda lynn

      they really seem to be honoring the mcqueen legend well.

    • guest2visits

      How beautiful and amazing is all this texture and richness.  I could do without the face in a cage, but all the rest is like candy –
      wish there was a reason to own a little piece of fabric adorned so extravagantly. Imagine the sound some of this made in motion.

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    • DesertDweller79

      Oh, please let Cate Blanchett wear something from this!

      Oh my goodness, this is amazing.

    • LadyGewgaw

      Helas!  Glingers finally come into fashion, and Regretsy est mort!

    • cheekypinky

      SO WEIRD.

      And I love love love it.

      Those fishnets must have been a bitch to change out of backstage…

    • Darren Nesbitt

      Beyonce is going to integrate one of those bodysuits into her upcoming tour. I’m sure of it. 

    • KatrinaAtienza

      It’s just amazing how Sarah Burton has kept the McQueen aesthetic alive and going. You can still see Alexander all over these, and I mean that as high praise.