We see a lot more Victorian inspired fashion on the runway with Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, McQueen’s Pre-Fall line maintains its museum-worthy couture lavishness.
A lush autumn palette with bustlingly full skirts and belted, cinched waist is the primary element in the collection. High-necklines and poplin shirts with cropped pants are incorporated, maintaining the Victorian era inspiration, with some off the shoulder peasant blouses, suggesting a Spanish influence. Fabrication includes rich velvet with intricate embroidery, floral detailing, frothy tulle and diaphanous fabrics as light as air.
Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Victorian era- lace, stationary, books, corsets, skirts, dresses, anything with bustles and ruffles, and of course, the beautiful porcelain dolls.
We’ve always seen Victorian inspired fashion on the catwalk, although besides making extravagant appearances, being worn by A-list celebs on the red carpet during award ceremonies, the trend haven’t really affected the mass population…..yet.
Victor & Rolf’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection takes inspiration from the Victorian age, keeping the era’s elegance and sophistication but with a darker, more mysterious feel. The line, inspired by Victorian dolls is still relevant to the modern woman. Maintaining a warm color palette, the silhouettes are either flowy or structured, in luxurious fabrics such as tulle, lace, silk satin and velvet. Victorian elements like ruffles, fringes, bows and high necklines are prominent in the collection.
Below are some photos of my favorite ensembles from the collection, courtesy of style.com