The Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection was shown in Paris yesterday. British designer Sarah Burton, who once studied under McQueen and acted as the head of women's design, took over after his untimely death last year. She is already being praised for the "women's touch" which is especially evident in this Spring line. The designer attributed much of her inspiration to sea life, as also detected in Chanel's most recent show. The color palete reflects muted yellows, pinks, oranges, and flashes of gold. Burton uses very organic hemlines in many of the garments, which appears close to likes of an underwater plant. The designer was quoted saying that her vision was for the models to be visualized "like a jellyfish moves in the sea". Many of the silhouettes could be compared to those of a sea siren or mermaid. Burton also employs textures which, when combined with the pinks and oranges, could be visually interpreted as a representation of coral.
The collection also included a series of black, gothic inspired garments, which seemed to stem from the lighter mermaid/siren theme, however transcended into more a "mermaid warrior".