Resort 2013: Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton has been pushing the limits at Alexander McQueen. She has a way of embracing a theme to its fullest, a strategy perhaps best illustrated in the Fall 2012 collection of over-the-top “exploding pod” gowns. For Resort 2013, Burton refocused with inspiration from David Bowie and Art Deco for a clean, sleek lineup of trouser suits and tailored dresses. Oh and of course, it was extreme.

"I wanted to bring everything back to the body," Burton said at a preview in her London studio to Style.com. "The proportions are extreme: high waists, an elongated leg, a peaked shoulder. There's a harder, more precise, masculine edge that's a reaction to the roundness and the sickly-sweet femininity of the last collection."

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It was a 180 from last season’s feathery light, puffy silhouettes. This Resort season offered its share of chic ensembles: fitted silvery, masculine-yet-feminine flared trousers paired with matching blazers and trench coats; sleeveless wide-leg jumpsuits; and strapless knee-length dresses – all belted at the waist with wide hardware styles.

While the silhouettes of the collection were strong and powerful – as McQueen always is – the detailing was most impressive. Gild multi-metallic jacquard and meticulously embroidered silver dots juxtaposed with a dragonfly theme captured the Art Deco inspiration. Black suit jackets had lapels and piping of trompe l’oeil encrustations of beading while jumpsuits were embroidered with florals and birds.

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Burton’s eveningwear didn’t skip a beat with slender, form-fitting gowns that almost appeared painted on. Halter and strapless styles in gold and black were finished with opulent trims and all-over adornments.

It was definitely a more extravagant side of Resort.

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