Subtlety was clearly not the name of the game for many designers' pre-fall collections, from Altuzarra's sequined separates for day to Gucci's treasure trove of vintage inspiration, to Valentino's wildly colorful range with more points of inspiration than we can count. The latest label to offer up a heavily adorned, high-sparkle, pre-fall range is Alexander McQueen; Creative Director Sarah Burton incorporated Victorian prints, found objects and luxe materials in a mix of textures for a collection packed full of statement pieces. For instance, silk-printed blouses are topped off with jeweled brooches and collars; coats and day dresses are patterned with moths, skulls, hummingbirds and flowers; and a black menswear-inspired suit is embellished with tiny appliqués of lips, butterflies and pocket watches.
The latter half of the collection is what really struck our fancy, as the beautifully textured minidresses and semi-sheer floor-length gowns could really make an impact on the upcoming red carpets this awards season. Two gilded gowns in particular would be ideal for an Oscar nominee like Cate Blanchett or Brie Larson, but the fantastically embroidered numbers — including one with two flamingos intertwined at the neck — are a major fashion "moment" waiting to happen. Bonus points if the boldly colored feather jackets make an appearance as well.