A romance with utility: Alexander McQueen

The Alexander McQueen Resort 2012 collection gives me much to rejoice. Like the fact that I now have incentive to dig out my collection of leather corset belts. And that my resistance to the classic trenchcoat lust that’s resulted in one too many purchases has been all but demolished by a new take that’s structured and immaculate and cut to end in a bustling coat tail. Those two things, along with much of the collection, lend themselves to a wider theme that also enthrals. Much like military has come full circle for men, the evolution for women has also lead us to utility; but for Sarah Burton’s latest collection there’s no slouchy hunting jackets with oversized pockets, no neon, no nylon, no utility-as-sport. Instead it’s utility underpinned by romance.

Burton’s utility elements are encrusted with shells and panelled with animal prints, as if on some old-world safari. These hints of soft utility are presented against sharply tailored pieces, pants that are cropped above the ankle, and those aforementioned trench coats in safari tones. But just as the masculine pieces are razor sharp, so too are the feminine pieces perfectly classic. Skirts are mid-length with kick pleats or fishtail frills. Dresses are floor length with trailing hems (one in particular will provide inspiration for many a wedding dress). Embroidery is lush with detail.

Yet more evidence that Sarah Burton has managed to step out from Alexander McQueen’s shadow and up to the plate, this is a resort collection that leaves us giddy with anticipation as to what spring 2012 might bring.

Click on the thumbnails to view the full collection of Alexander McQueen resort 2012.