Sunday, November 30, 2014
So today we travel very deep into the ocean to discover Sarah Burton's swimming Spring 2012 collection. This show was held in a large white room with a massive chandelier that practically touched the floor! The inspirations were sea creatures and desire.
“I was thinking about a woman as an object of desire. We go to such lengths to adorn ourselves that we almost become our clothes or are taken over by them. This is a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme.” Sarah Burton
This collection was held a few months after the Royal Wedding so there was quite a bit of pressure for Sarah to deliver something amazing. And that she did. The first quarter of the show began with outfits in trios: suit jackets and skirts, little dresses in pale pink, gold and spun jacquards and beading with lace detailing. That eventually gave way to a trio of babydoll dresses in lilac, pale pink and peach and with a corset underneath and hand massaged ruffles. Then came a section of black gowns, jackets and dresses which people said was the "sea witch of the collection". That expanded into a finale of gowns all covered in metal embroideries and lace detailing and pearls and even more ruffles. Each piece was paired with a lace headpiece with embellishment matching the outfit.
I was able to pick a few of my favorites as inspiration (above). The first a jacquard waist piece and skirt with a corset belt and lace bra. The second being a bright orangey red dress with a ruffled skirt and pearl detailing on the cutout top. The last a gown with gold metal embroidery and and organza ruffles.
For my look I took inspiration from fishes and the movement in the show. This isn't my favorite look I've created but I still really like it. I don't think really any look could touch the beauty of the collection, personally.
The skin was kept very dewy but not shimmery. I didn't want any shimmer on the skin, just a healthy looking base. I applied a peachy cream blush to the cheeks and that was about it.
For the eyes I applied gold cream eyeshadow and blended it out really well. I also applied a white eyeliner to the upper and lower waterlines to make my eyes look really big. The little shapes on the temples were drawn with a purple eyeliner, a pale blue eyeliner and an orange lip pencil. I don't know what they are, maybe fish gills or something. I just thought they added to the look. When all was done I applied waterproof mascara.
For my brows I put a little concealer on a disposable mascara wand and brushed it through them. this gave the face a feeling of space and made it feel a little more masculine. (Weirdly enough, my face looked super girly with dark eyebrows, and with this look I wanted it to feel like a guy could wear it too of he decides so.)
For the lips I first applied a bit of Vaseline before I did anything else on my face, this allows it to sink and moisturize them. At the end I removed it and overlined my lips just a bit to shape them. I did this with a nude lip liner.Then I applied a coral lipstick and clear lip gloss for extra shine.
I really hope you enjoy this and I'll see you soon! =D
For the full collection: http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/spring-2012-ready-to-wear/alexander-mcqueen
Or to learn more about the brand, look through their old shows or shop: Alexandermcqueen.com