Alexander McQueen SS15
"Sarah Burton always manages to up her game with every collection. This time, wearable couture in ladylike pink provided lust-worthy cocktail dresses and gowns, while python-trimmed corset dresses showed her knack for exquisite tailoring and sophisticated craftsmanship. Beaded cut-out mini dresses and cage dresses reminded us that Sarah is no ordinary designer - this was art."
Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear
Each season the McQueen woman is transformed into a confident female warrior - such is the strength of the house's aesthetic and Sarah Burton's ability to reimagine it every time. For Spring/Summer, she became a Samurai clad in silk screen florals. These were printed on kimono-style tunics in a palette of black, red and nude and echoed artist Marc Quinn's oversized orchid installation that appeared on the catwalk, adding a heightened sense of drama to the collection. Trousers were gently flared and came under cape-back tops while fetish-style harness vests were slashed horizontally to reveal flashes of midriff and came paired with flared skirts for an update on McQueen's usual hourglass silhouette. The contrast of textures was key in establishing a balance between hard and soft – glossy, perforated leather played against delicate satin and chiffon on the bell sleeve or floral-ruffled gowns that closed the show. Although this isn't the type of label that goes about attempting to set trends, it confirmed that gladiator sandals are de rigeur next season. Like the ones that appeared on the Valentino catwalk just hours earlier, these were laced to the knee and accompanied every look, but with their sculptural heels were far from your average off-duty sandal.
Who we saw: Vogue UK's impossibly chic Sarah Harris
What they wore: Sleek separates set off by her trademark silver mane
In a nutshell: Florals get tough