Alexander McQueen’s autumn/winter 2013 ready to wear collection makes the viewer feel like royalty, each piece oozing decadence and refinement. Every garment is composed of several layers, weighted differently but composed in a monochromatic palette to keep the otherwise extraordinary texture from overwhelming the look. Close examination reveals that there are finely detailed layers of embroidery and lace over textured tights in one princess-like piece; the look is nipped at the waist and emphasizes a feminine shape with a blouse on top and airy hips. Another garment features fabric and pearl fishnets contrasting a metallic-looking corseted bodice, emulating the fierce toughness of chain mail. The look is achieved through geometric placement of bead work that is suggestive of the feminine shape and appeal without overtly revealing skin. Sarah Burton designed these couture works with exquisite attention to detail, and they are dignified in presence, movement, and weight, unified in their presentation. In ten beautiful looks, Burton achieves both a variety and a unification to which many other designers can only aspire. Unlike other fall 2013 ready to wear collections, Alexander McQueen steps above and beyond, ready to wear only for those who can carry the weight of royalty on their shoulders.
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