On Tuesday at the Conciergerie in Paris — a former prison where Marie Antoinette famously spent her last days before being executed — Sarah Burton presented her haunting, Victorian-inspired fall collection for Alexander McQueen. Never short on elements of dark romance, Burton sent her models down the runway with heavily powdered, almost ghost-like face makeup and unkempt bouffants — with hollowed-out eyes and ombré red lips that made the ladies look like they had just taken a bite of flesh. The beauty look fit with the clothes, pieces reminiscent of 18th century wares. There were the high-necked collars, ruffles and tapestry-like fabrics that have been so popular this season, along with a rose motif, delicate lace and intricate embroideries that gave it an ethereal (if not slightly nightmarish) quality.
The fall show comes at an important time in the McQueen legacy — the record-breaking exhibit "Savage Beauty" arrives in the UK next week, on March 14 — and while Burton has gradually put her stamp on the house since she took the creative lead back in 2010, we've enjoyed watching her keep the late legend's spirit alive.
See the full collection in the gallery below.