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Where the runway meets the street

As Paris Fashion Week slowly comes to a close, let’s take a moment to peep what iconic British fashion house Alexander McQueen had in store for its SS17 collection. After a trip to the Shetland Isles, Creative Director Sarah Burton decided to pay homage to the late designer’s Scottish heritage, drawing inspiration from the region’s pagan-like regality and floral landscapes.

While the label’s diffusion line, McQ, presented a more contemporary and edgy range at London Fashion Week, fitting for all you trendy fashion goths out there, McQueen proper delved on the neo-Victorian side of things (perfect for Renaissance faire goers or those who make the annual trip to Germany’s Wave-Gotik-Treffen).

Floor-length, svelte evening dresses were knitted from wool lace and featured tattered edges, intricate floral embroidery with beaded embellishments (can’t even imagine how long that must’ve taken) and toile-style flaring at the skirts. Black leather bodices settled high and tight on models’ waists and were decorated with bulky, punk-esque studs, dangling leather tassels and bells (it wouldn’t be a McQueen collection if it didn’t have at least one fetishistic quirk).

The most distinct strike of Scottism, however, came by way of these Celtic plaid prints spliced onto a sequence of cropped kick flares, pantsuits and, of course, kilts.

For more Paris Fashion Week shenanigans, check out Acne’s Middle East-inspired collection.

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