With the Fall 2014 shows wrapping up around the world and while we are still waiting for Spring 2014 to show up in every sense of the word, I want to look back at one of the most memorable looks (and my favorite) from last fall that still inspires both fashion and interiors - Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton did a phenomenal collection last year with her Fall 2013 collection. Yes, the runway looks were far too dramatic, precious and museum worthy for real life, but it was also the best show in yeeeears! And, that's exactly what it is - a show and a rather magical one at that.
If you look closely, it is also one of the best lessons in details and finishes with all the pearl encrusted bodices, Tudor inspired silhouettes, ecclesiastical laces and feathered skirts. Translation - exquisite Venetian plastered walls, custom detailed and elaborate cornices, gorgeous hand embroidered and appliqued fabrics, pearlescent silks, ostrich feather upholstery, silk-velvet complements, gilt bronze accents and the list goes on. Not to mention the awe-inspiring show's setting - the architecture, fresco paintings (grand murals) and paneled walls, gilded and marbled architraves, et al - the perfect supporting role for the collection. So you see, you can pick and choose but all that drama and impossible-to-wear clothes actually fly beautifully and inspire us endlessly. Juste ma tasse de thé!
And it's not just Alexander McQueen's Fall 2013 show, here's one of Valentino's Fall 2013 Alto Moda creation with Canaletto's Venetian paintings imprinted on the dress fabric and a snap shot of the room I designed for the 2012 Kips Bay Show House - see what I mean?!