Festival Smart and Pop Art from Alexander McQueen

For the Alexander McQueen Resort 2015 collection, Sarah Burton has produced an interesting look by blending tailored and quite severe outlines with feminine florals and chiffon, mixing and matching with abandon.


Red with black or white was the striking color combo of several pieces: a black coat with a huge red cross superimposed dramatically upon it, and a white coat splashed with the three shades in a swirly pop-art style, worn with slim mandarin pants and high-heeled plastic sandals. Other styles were reminiscent of paper cutouts by the French artist Matisse, currently being exhibited at the Tate. Plain white and red dresses both had stylised floral stencil patterns. A trouser suit, dress and coat in black-and-white Prince of Wales check recalled the pop art of the sixties, but the coat and dress were enlivened with blue motifs, again in floral shapes.


A striking brown coat and pants were splashed with bold red, green and blue curvy shapes, while a dress in shiny red, black and white with huge puff sleeves was also adorned with rosette motifs down the front. A similar pattern was repeated in a blue and white dress, with wide straps in place of sleeves but the same rosette images on the front, and the full-length version of this made two showy evening gowns: one in the same blue and white, the other in red, pink and black.


The other dominant style within this collection was a somewhat grungy look, with olive and black anoraks worn with bermuda shorts and clunky boots, and a dress and top in the so-called ‘Festival print’ which mixed florals with detritus reminiscent of a festival site.


A phrase to sum up this collection might be ‘dramatic artistry.’ The mix of primary colors and monochrome, with simple bold outlines and motifs, makes the Alexander McQueen Resort 2015 collection a force to be reckoned with.


Photos credit : Alexander McQueen

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