If  Jeanne d’Arc reincarnated to modern day, she wouldn’t mind a wardrobe filled with McQueen’s S/S 16 collection. Inspired by 17th century Huguenot Protestants who relocated to England to avoid religious prosecution in France, the collection sees references of Victorian style yet features contemporary interpretations and ultra-luxurious execution.

1.Alexander McQueen’s show took place on Sunday evening at Paris’ Lycee Carnot – one of the most prestigious high schools in France. For the past seasons, the time slot and venue were taken by Givenchy which showed its S/S 16 collection in New York this season.

 

 

2.Softness is definitely something Sarah Burton’s up to with S/S 16. Cascading ruffles and frills are aplenty, yet the collection is more than fragile femininity. Couture-level artisanal works such as floral embroidery on leather, exquisite embellishment on denim and hand crocheted details are applied on different looks throughout the collection.

3.Salma Hayek, actress and wife of Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, was spotted at the show.

 

In Paris right before going to the #McQueenfashionshow #Parisfashionweek

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4.Cool body chains and floral embroidered mules are our favourite accessories from the S/S 16 collection.

5. Afterparty: Celebrating its first store in Paris on Rue Saint-Honore, Alexander McQueen turned theatre Le Divan du Monde in Pigelle into an underground music hall. Hosted by Sarah Burton and Jefferson Hack, English all-girl post-punk Savages entertained the crowd. Model Edie Campbell and Suki Waterhouse were among the partygoers.