Nature, as by definition, is the phenomena of the physical world–it encompasses animals, plants, landscapes, waterfalls, and so much more. Nature, for me, is something magical. Nature is what makes up our world–it is the spiritual force of independent action and decision. It is something that rises above the surface, something that branches out of the mundane and embraces the thrill of randomness. Along with its inner qualities of beauty and defining strength, nature develops with a creative, unique energy that is unexpected, breathtaking, artistic, and imaginative. It electrifies in its colored leaves, furry creatures, dazzling sun rays, and whistling winds. It stimulates curious, hopeful minds, with its powers of renewal, change, and perserverance. Nature is peaceful and calm; nature is untamed and raw–it embraces and comforts; it consumes and devours. Humans feel an emotional connection with its picturesque qualities, as well as its spontaneous desires and ways. Nature is an exciting jolt of freedom, expression, individualistic beauty.
Fashion, as by definition, is a variety of a prevailing manner or mode, a way of dress. Fashion, for me, is something so much more. Fashion is something captivating, something singular. Fashion is filled with eagerness and craving–an inner desire for tantalizing sensation, intellectual thought, dreamy imagination, unparalleled ingenuity, and fulfilling opportunity. It is a cosmic world of natural beauty, strength, and truth.
As the seasons change, the colors change. The leaves change their shades of color. The lands become powered by the warm yellow sun, the red and orange accents, the cold white snow, and the dreary rainfall. As the seasons change, the design of the environment diversifies–it welcomes new mystical creatures and new fascinating grasses, trees, and flowers. From angelic enchantments to wild thrills; from loving serenities to harsh instincts; from warm energies to cold structures and designs…as nature changes its course, fashion changes its course as well.
The connections between fashion and nature are hard to ignore. Delving deep into each world, filled with all its emotions, memories, desires, meanings, and thrills, reveals an undeniable connection between the natural world and the world of fashion and design. In both, there is charming diversity; in both, there is mysterious exploration; in both, there is uncontrolled change; in both, there is an innovative energy and spirit; in both, there is unbridled direction. Nature and fashion house unmasked beauties and both simplistic and complex design. And for Spring 2013, Sarah Burton unveiled these kindred spirits for all to see in her new Alexander McQueen collection…
A stunning beehive filled with queens, the McQueen collection for Spring 2013 RTW was mesmerizing. The pieces were buzzing with excitement, energy, empowerment, and zest. They were darkly magnetic and bewitching–the designs exuded a magical essence, a lively, natural enchantment. They were extravagantly rich and romantic–the designs spoke the truths of feeling and nature, a poetic, passionate tenderness. Nature’s complex obscurity and simplistic brilliancy was shown.
The pieces for this collection were daring and bold. They exhibited qualities of authoritative strength and fanciful, light-hearted beauty. The bees were out to play. On the runway, there were honeycomb printed jackets, gold and black wasp inspired corsets and bodices, tortoiseshell peplum waists, belts, and harnesses, bee-adorned collars, bracelets, and tops, cage-like garments of lustiness and allure, netted coverings, and ruffled, flowered hoop skirted gowns. With inspired beekeeper headpieces, a color palette of gold and black, delicate ornamentation, and nipped in waists, Burton’s Alexander McQueen collection was buzzing with exhilaration, luxury, and incredibility.
Nature and fashion continuously alter their surroundings. Their influence is strong. Their diversity is bold…
And their beauty is unforgettable.
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