Alexander McQueen's Spring '17 Is the Ultimate Fairy-Tale Collection
Part warrior, part hippie, Alexander McQueen doubled down on the drama for Spring '17. That's to be expected with the label's legacy, its core customers, and the ever-imaginative Sarah Burton at the helm. Still, it's a transformative experience watching the catwalk — you go from feeling the easy t-shirts and jeans we're seeing all over the Fashion Week streets to craving these powerful pieces, ones that seem to say, "Why wear a top, when you could wear a leather bustier?" And you could, you really sense that you could, anyway. The layered leather-over-peasant dresses or the punky-plaid suiting and patchwork jackets seem to hold the key to a fashion identity that's so much more than clothes, tied to strength, romance, and beauty. The march of floral-embroidered ruffled gowns are enough to make even minimalists toss their simple black dresses, and the finale of ethereal, corsetted, sheer, and embellished gowns are the kind that deserve a spot in a film or on a stage — because who gets to wear these fairy-tale masterpieces in real life?