“Someone’s been watching Game of Thrones,” a snappy show-goer said upon arrival at the Alexander McQueen venue. Covered in a fallow winter’s field, the catwalk immediately captured the eerie highland spirit of the house, making guests feel almost at home before the show had even started. The truth is, Game of Thrones has probably been watching McQueen, because who could master that ghostly and virginal aesthetic better than Sarah Burton, who lived and breathed it for most of her career? With its fairytale snow queen undertones, regal Renaissance vibes and nods to dark Victoriana, Autumn/Winter 2014 felt like classic McQueen. If that sounds empty, it was anything but. After last season’s foray into robot gladiator land, this collection simply felt like such a relief and such a brilliantly familiar exercise in the best Burton – and McQueen – can do. In that sense there was a relatability to this parade of demi-couture gloom, which brought with it an instant likeability and – when the last exit had walked off the catwalk – a craving for more. When Burton flexes her classic McQueen muscles like this, you could watch for days. Swoon.
With its fairytale snow queen undertones, regal Renaissance vibes and nods to dark Victoriana, autumn/winter 2014 felt like classic McQueen. If that sounds empty, it was anything but.