“It feels like now is a time for healing, for breathing new life, for exploring echoes from the past to enrich our future,” says Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, upon the unveiling of the house’s fall/winter 2021 collection. Catharsis has brought with it great beauty, as the McQueen atelier staff – who gave Vogue a glimpse of how they #WFH – united, more than ever before, to create something meaningful that would resonate with the strange times we’re living in.
“We looked at water, for its healing properties, and at anemones,” continues Burton. “Anemones are the most ephemeral flowers, here made permanent in cloth. The women wearing the anemone dresses almost become like flowers, like their embodiment, their character – but amplified, grounded, radiant and strong.”
In what can be considered the most exquisite two fingers up to anyone who ever said florals were over, Burton splashed anemones over rose gold poly faille dresses with exploded sleeves, and embroidered silver lily pad motifs over ivory silk tulle slips. Shot by Paolo Roversi, each look takes on the “hybrid” theme Burton has explored through previous seasons – check out the T-shirts turned into red-carpet wear and leather jackets that verge on blousons – and runs with it to its most romantic point.
Click through the gallery above to see Alexander McQueen fall/winter 2021 looks worthy of framing.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk