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Photography by Lea Colombo

Alexander McQueen SS14

Harnesses, buckles and a palette of red and black create a show of tension and constriction

Initial reaction:

Double the darkness - the looks appeared to arrive in matching pairs, with subtle changes to harness placement or colour palette.


Leather harnesses across the chest featured in nearly all looks, creating a sense of tension, constriction and darkness that McQueen is known and loved for.

Stand out looks:

Tiered white laser cut Victorian-esque dresses, worn with harnesses.

Model behaviour:

Julia Nobis in a white-feathered striped column dress, midriff on show.

How it was worn:

With metallic helmets, bleached eyebrows and sprayed black hair.

Unexpected details:

Leather harnesses, Cleopatra corsets and capes belted tight at the collar.


Kilted skirts with buckle detailing were a nod to Alexander McQueen’s Scottish roots, and worn over leggings and trousers.


Brass bangles in varying widths piled on wrists and all up the arm added to the constriction theme. Aggressive multi-strapped heels with wide buckles at the ankle like shackles


Lots of geometric prints worked into suede jackets and sculptural tiered dresses, including in mesmerising monochrome.

Location: Held inside a stable in Paris, models walked on a geometric sand-covered runway reminiscent of a Mondrian’s early works.