As London Fashion Week approaches, it's time to big up the brands who knows how to put on something worth getting excited about; any McQueen show gives you the shivers even on video. As these lyrical images from Vogue.com testify, the Spring 2013 collection was as feminine and delicate as it was tough. Another commercially viable and conceptually succinct version of the designer's vision by his heir Sarah Burton, the luxurious if sadomasochistic view of femininity played this time on the beauty and power of our little honey-making friends.
The beekeepers honeycomb masks kept models coyly anonymous, seeming with some of the kinkier ensembles as mask. Corsets mades waspish waists, sometimes elegantly demure, as with the first ensemble of stately, Edwardian influenced looks. With skirts morphing into trousers, pants then hotpants and disappearing altogether, things took a dramatic turn towards the alien-like. Finally, silhouettes blossomed into lacy, floral numbers fit for a queen. Expect bee copies on a high street near you soon.