This season's Alexander McQueen collection could arguably have used some editing, but redundancy aside, the skill required to execute each of the pieces that made their way down the runway was astounding. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily translate into a collection with very high wearable appeal and it did make some of the looks appear a bit costumey.
Sarah Burton was inspired by bees this season, which was immediately evident in the honeycomb beekeeper hats and honeycomb prints, fabrics, and embellishments on nearly every look. Ornate details were bountiful in the dramatic collection which came complete with hook skirts, harnesses, tiered skirts, cage skirts, peplums, and tapestry fabrics — all of which gave a good chunk of the collection a period feel.
This may not be the stuff that makes for high commercial appeal, but when it comes to museum-worthy designs, it's pretty tough to top McQueen.