Sarah Burton has become known for her theatrical and dramatic shows and her latest spring/summer 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week was no exception. The humble worker bee, honeycombs and the female form were the inspiration for her breathtaking fantastical creations.
"It was bringing back the silhouette of the house and embracing the female form – the hip and bust. But there was a lightness to it. It still felt erotic but not overt," explained Burton to Vogue.co.uk backstage after the show, joking that "most women are worker bees" – which made then for the perfect collection match.
The influence of honey and bees was crystallised in the way of jackets, pencil skirts and trousers crafted out of honeycomb mesh fabric in gold and black. These were topped with beekeeper-inspired hats featuring circular mesh brims with hexagon-shaped perforations.
Moving from the beehive to the flowers, models appeared in bustling corseted and caged gowns with structured internal and external petticoats smothered in poppies and other flowers.
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