McQueen Returns To London Fashion Week 2016

LONDON — Dozens of designers showcased their latest creations Sunday at London Fashion Week, from retail giant Topshop and leather goods brand Mulberry to British design’s grand dame Vivienne Westwood andAlexander McQueen, which made a highly-anticipated return from Paris to the hometown of its late designer.

Some highlights from Day 3 of London Fashion Week:


The Alexander McQueen brand is back on the runways of London, the birthplace and hometown beloved of its late designer.

For the first time in more than a decade, the label, now headed by designer Sarah Burton, moved its womenswear display from its usual home in Paris to London Fashion Week.

Sunday evening’s showcase opened with a series of tough black leather ensembles embroidered with large shimmering butterflies, lip motifs and stopwatches — as if Alice in Wonderland was playing dress up.

Then came sharply tailored cream-and-black tuxedo jackets, and black feather skirts layered over flared trousers. That was followed by a flurry of barely-there lingerie and boudoir-inspired dresses: Frilly numbers with daring cutouts at the chest, slips with sheer-tiered skirts, corsets worn over delicate pieces.

Burton dialled up the decadence for the show’s last section, sending models out in the sheerest evening gowns and capes dripping with sparkly crystals and dazzling embroidery. Luxurious fur-trimmed capes completed the look, and the last outfit — a feather concoction of a gown — was pure glamour.