Fashion

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN'S FINAL COLLECTION

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

While the official show schedule was over yesterday, I had the privilege to stop in at the Alexander McQueen showroom to view his final collection up close.

While only sixteen looks were officially shown at Tuesday’s presentation, there were a number of other dramatic pieces that hadn’t been shown, as well as commercial samples—some of which were just as beautiful as the collection looks.

McQueen’s vision and talent was unmatched and seeing this breathtaking work up close only made me sad knowing that this was the last collection designed by the genius himself.

A favourite piece was a gold painted feather covered jacket paired with a heavenly tulle skirt. Religious tapestries were used for a variety of dresses from short to long and ethereal looking gold beading and embroidery decorated many of the pieces. While on the other spectrum, macabre dragons, skulls and crossbones made their way onto black leather jackets and pants.

There even was a groupings of cloud coloured gowns with gold embellishment that would make the most beautiful wedding dresses.

While the focus is usually on McQueen’s dramatic clothes, the accessories too were astounding. Winged booties with gold heels, others encrusted with jewels, and to-die-for bags—some in heavily textured leather and others fully covered in jewels.

Part of the legacy of McQueen was the runway show itself—he was a showman and true storyteller, always finding ways to make people’s jaws drop. But even without the dramatics of a show, I left showroom with my jaw-dropped, in total awe of his talent.

See more pics from my up close look at McQueen’s final here.