PARIS — The Salle des Traditions de la Garde Républicaine in the 4th arrondissement served as the host site for the Alexander McQueen women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring 2015 Tuesday evening as it had the previous season. The museum dedicated to the ceremonial arm of France’s Gendarmerie nationale provided the occasion with a certain ritualistic air befitting of Sarah Burton’s exquisite work at the helm of the house founded by the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Those arriving guests entering the show hall were immediately presented with an opportunity to recalibrate their aesthetic senses by virtue of a pair of massive white floral sculptures situated at the near and far ends of the runway. There was more beauty to come. Yana, Maja Salamon, and Hedvig Palm were part of the runway show that included 34 total looks, which looked to the traditions costume making in the Far East. Hair and makeup by Guido and Pat McGrath respectively extended this theme to great effect. Yana, Maja, and and Hedvig all wore partial masks, which served to frame their faces in a most dramatic manner. Models rounded the runway in finale to David Bowie’s “Soul Love,” which added some glam swagger to the otherwise rarefied occasion.
Credits include: Client, Alexander McQueen; Collection, Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2015; Design, Sarah Burton; Hair,Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Models, Yana, Hedvig Palm, Maja Salamon; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.