Alexander McQueen showcased its Fall/Winter 2022 show in New York City, having last visited the bustling metropolis in the fall of 1999 to stage its Eye collection. Entitled Mycelium, creative director Sarah Burton gleaned inspiration from the notion of unity, specifically the inter-connective power of the root-like fungal mass that gives the collection its name. “Mycelium connects even the rooftop of the tallest skyscraper to the plants, to the grass, to the ground, to animals and to human beings,” Burton notes. “The idea is humbling—beautiful—and, of course, a metaphor for interconnection and for community between people, between us all.”
The show space further accentuated the reverence for nature that served as a contextual impetus for the clothing and accessories on display, where large heaps of mulch—which will be reused in plantings afterwards—prominently lined the runway. Sartorially speaking, the garments emphasized dynamism, both in silhouette and colour, while also featuring a knitwear piece emblazoned with a cartoonish mushroom motif, a sly nod to the show’s title. 85% of the textiles used in the collection were created from upcycled materials, nuancing the pervasive earth-consciousness at the heart of this creative outing.
View the gallery for a look at the Fall/Winter 2022 collection.