Paris, October 2, 2012 – Throughout history, the bee and the beehive have played an important role in human spirituality and worship. Bees and honey are present in myths, cosmologies and the sacred places of many diverse ancient cultures. The bee has been a symbol of reverence, community, continuance, regeneration and a connection to the afterlife.
Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 was therefore buzzing with excitement as the designer reworked those hideous beekeeper veils into fashionable avent-garde hats and incorporated the golden honeycombed into dazzling prints, nets and jacquards. Bee theme aside, this was a collection that showed a return to femininity and eroticism inspired by the pinups of Alberto Vargas. Wasp-waist corseted double-peplumed jackets, honeycomb hosiery/footwear hybrids and ornate gowns in a limited palette of iridescent gold, jet black and scarlet red were some of the strongest and most wearable pieces in this brilliant SS13 collection.