While the full-fledged Fall 2013 collection was astounding in its own right, I prefer the the Pre-Fall collection because it expresses the theme yet remains "wearable." Religiosity and past centuries Europe were prevalent themes on the Fall runways. Tim Blanks' review likened the collection to "low-church" humility versus the "high-church" opulence of the Fall show. The high necklines and body-concealing silhouettes (there are body conscious shapes for those that prefer...as seen on Kris) suggest austerity, but it wouldn't be Burton's McQueen without romance and luxury. There's the McQueen signature of sharp tailoring and an even sharper waist, there's sumptuous velvets, and an abundance of embroidery--even the most priestly looks are full brocade. It's piety, but McQueen style.
ph: Alexander McQueen