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Alexander McQueen FW ’21/22: the healing power of nature

Alexander McQueen FW ’21/22: the healing power of nature

The fall/winter 2021 collection conceived by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen is the result of several considerations and post-pandemic feelings. At the heart of these is the healing power of nature, its capacity for adaptation.

To exemplify this, the designer has chosen the anemones and water as primary sources of inspiration; the result is a combination of clothes with a rather rough beauty, made such by the vibrant color of anemones, and fluid in shapes.

“It feels like now is a time for healing, for breathing new life, for exploring echoes from the past to enrich our future”, Burton declared. It is clear, then, the will of the designer to create in a more conscious way, taking as example the past in order to write a different future, closer to nature.

Not surprisingly, the preferred fabric is recycled polyfaille, 100% sustainable and moldable, to which are added floral prints and leather, decorated with flower-shaped zippers.

“More than ever, a sense of humanity, of the team working together with a single aim—to make something beautiful, something meaningful—feels both precious and important” she explained. “We turned to water for its healing properties, and the anemones. The anemones are the most ephemeral flowers, here made permanent on the tissues”.

As we now know, the themes of beauty and life in Alexander McQueen are closely connected to death, to decomposition, and this collection also celebrates this contrast. Also thanks to the photographs of Paolo Roversi. The shots enclose the Victorian essence of the brand, the dark and romantic atmospheres of a Tim Burton movie.

To more structured silhouettes, are added those softer and wider, with precise sartorial traits; interesting also the combinations in denim and t-shirt, outfits to which we are now more than used, and that remind us how today’s fashion is strongly anchored to reality, how it is functional.

The oneiric dimension, however, is still here, to remind us that fashion can also mean evasion from time to time. Sarah Burton’s dresses offer both perspectives, showing us the way dress, like nature, can adapt to change and endure.


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