Thursday, 21 June 2012

McQueen Miami: A Shopping Fantasy

It’s about McQueen as a point of view, the idea of making a dress out of razor clam shells or sheaves of corn, the manipulation of nature to make ornament. We were thinking about eroticism and sexuality. Everything is exaggerated and very slightly distorted.”

That's a quote from Architect David Collins about the inspiration behind the new Alexander McQueen Miami-based boutique, as conceived by him and the fashion houses' creative director Sarah Burton.
The new retail space which recently opened in Bal Harbour, is a full-on immersion into the real and the imaginary. As Burton says,
"It's very McQueen to see something from a distance and think it's one thing and then to look up close and discover something else. It's important to us that everything in the store feels very precious."

If you find yourself shopping in McQueen Miami soon, then make sure you look out for the mushroom gills; seahorse tails; grimacing gargoyles; gazelle-hooved and monster-clawed furniture and of course - in a nod to the McQueen signature aesthetic - the tiny skulls (it just wouldn't be magically macabre McQueen sans skulls).

The new design concept is also due to be rolled out to further McQueen stores this year. 

Images © Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, Miami


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