Par Purple Haze & The Girl; Photographe Vogue Runway
Sarah Burton's punkish dreamscape consisted of girls rebelling in lace and tulle.
This year, designers fondly played the game of musical chairs. Slimane parted ways with Saint Laurent and was quickly replaced by Vaccarello, Raf Simons left Dior and was hired as the creative head of Calvin Klein and Alber Elbaz... well, he was pushed out of Lanvin. Thankfully, there's no such case when it comes to Alexander McQueen's wonder woman – Sarah Burton.
Last night she tapped a vein of absolute magic. The floor at L’Orangerie was covered with custom silk rugs, that featured motifs of Great Britain's Shetland Islands. Punk goddesses walked across the dramatic landscape in long, sinuous dresses made from lace and tulle. The collection was a simulacra of the wild and coastal landscapes of this archipelago.
As the sequence went on, the punk goddesses evolved into mermaids that emerged from the depths of the ocean in dresses with fish and shipwreck embroideries. The looks were toughened up with studded combat boots, biker jackets and boned bustiers and corsetry.
And for the finale? There was a miraculous dress that featured a train of cascading white tulle, which resembled the ocean's foam. This show was the fantasia of Paris Fashion Week and ultimately one of the reasons why Sarah Burton still holds the reins at the iconic house of Alexander McQueen. █