Fashion Forward: McQueen

Instagram’s Birds & the Bees Designer

BY: Amber Rodriguez

For fall 2018 Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen has taken nature to the extreme by creating fringe encompassing cocoons that transform into beautiful butterfly and bug prints. This kaleidoscope of colors featured McQueen’s signature tailoring with hand-embroidered beetle detail that would make an entomologist jump. While creating sexy cut-outs that show off all the right parts, McQueen’s fall 2018 is all about femininity with hard edges. The signature knucklebox clutch with ring handle is now jeweled encrusted with butterflies and spiders. Leather is hand-painted with floral detail and insect-like, hard exterior. And integrated wing design blends with high ruffled shoulders and fringe heels.

It’s a new season and Alexander McQueen is morphing the idea of femininity.

Alexander McQueen beetle print coat
“A black and ivory velvet jacquard coat inspired by the graphic markings of the Goliath beetle.”


Alexander McQueen birds of paradise cape
“A cape with dégradé silk fringe embroidery inspired by birds of paradise”


Alexander McQueen black jeweled leather satchel
“In detail: a black jeweled satchel is finished with silver crystal embellished rings.”


Tiffany Haddish in McQueen leather corset
“As seen in Vogue, Tiffany Haddish wears an Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2018 black and carmine deconstructed corset top with a ruffle drape with black pin sandals with silver plated cuff.”


Alexander McQueen beetle print dress
“An exploded Goliath beetle print dress.”


Alexander McQueen red silk fringe pin heel shoe
“A sandal with a metal pin heel is finished with lust red silk fringing in the Alexander McQueen atelier.”


Alexander McQueen ivory floral leather jacket
“An articulated ivory jacket with panels of hand-painted English florals and birds.”


Alexander McQueen embroidered beetles
“In detail: embroidered exotic beetles, butterfly and dragonfly motifs on tulle.”


Alexander McQueen butterfly wing dress with silk fringe
“A butterfly wing embroidered dress with silk fringe embroidery in carmine, bone and eau de nil.”