Honeybees, with a sting, at McQueen show in Paris
PARIS (AFP) - Honeycomb dresses, insect-like visors and caramel corsets cinching their waists, designer Sarah Burton sent a procession of queen bees buzzing into Paris at the Alexander McQueen spring-summer show on Tuesday.
Guests waiting for the show to begin were greeted by a giant screen with nature footage that morphed and spun kaleidoscope-like into the symmetrical patterns beloved of the designer.
As a soundtrack, an insistent hum which turned out to be the buzz of a bee hive, as Ms Burton built her whole collection around that timeless symbol of spring - adding in a wry commentary on women-as-candy as she went.
For these were no sugar babes: the look was edgy and raw as the first models stepped out in structured little jackets in a black and gold honeycomb motif, flared hips and waists strangled in rigid belts of a honey-like caramel hue.