Shoes have always been a feature point for Alexander McQueen so it was only fitting that the fashion house’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection wowed the crowd with an array of exquisite McQueen shoe designs.
Alexander McQueen Shoes for Fall/Winter 2011
Sarah Burton’s second collection as head designer at Alexander McQueen took place in the gloomy dungeons of La Concergerie which was also the location for the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2002 ‘superfragilistic’ show. Burton carried on deceased fashion designer and icon, Alexander McQueen’s legacy through her use of medieval and dark romantic concepts.
The design houses love of light and dark was reflected in the collection with shades of pristine white, ivory, grey and black. Accompanying regal, angelic white gowns heavy in textures of feather and lace and sharp black leather fitted pencil dresses were an array of contrasting shoes.
Soaring heights were expected from the design house that famously bought us the Armadillo, a favourite shoe of socialite and fashionista Daphne Guinness. A further nod to past designs were evident with futuristic wedges, seeming almost suspended without support, recalling Alexander McQueen’s previous heel-less shoe designs.
Themes of Aztec warriors were apparent through stud embellishments at the ankle of the wedge and metal structured waves on the wedge base. Fine detailing pointed towards a reference of strength with wedge bases adorned with a single spike while textures of feathers and stamped leather implied an aura of enchantment. The Alexander McQueen wedges came in peep toe, laser cut and t-bar strap form suitable for Fall weather and a more Winter friendly textured ankle boot version.
Still reaching fetching heights with a varying degree of platform shoe extremities were lace up boots in mid calf, knee high and thigh high designs. Somewhat more of a dominatrix style, the boots were adorned with a capped toe, buckle across the foot and pencil thin heels.
Sarah Burton has managed to hold the torch and keep the flame alive for Alexander McQueen through her amazing craft work, textures, fabrics, shaping and tactile definition.
– Natalie Lukaitis
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