WIW: McQueen tribute

Following my visit to the Savage Beauty exhibition this week I felt moved to put on some fierce tailoring and architectural shoes. 

I don't have the build for the McQueen wasp waisted silhouette but I can definitely do the pointy shoulders. I've shown this dress here before, but not with shiny black accents to reference the notorious Dress No 13 from 1999. The United Nude Eamz heels are somewhat similar to the cantilevered sandals Shalom Harlow wore to be sprayed with paint by industrial robots. 

This is probably only remotely McQueen in my dreams, where I too am a master craftsman with the tailoring skills to deliver a perfectly armoured lady cuirass. As you can see, the reality is soft and rumpled, but at least I can still ride my bicycle and I will only be sprayed with paint if I'm careless going past the building site. 

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  • replied 7 years ago

    Wow.  Those shoes are crazy - and can you ever do a strong shoulder line.  I'm in awe!  

  • Thin White Duchess replied 7 years ago

    This is fabulous and the shoes are amazing!

  • Maneera replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous shoes! They do take centre stage, though I love that dress with the black accents added. Dramatic contrast.....love it.

  • Kirstjen replied 7 years ago

    Those shoes are tough!

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    Love it! Fierce and elegant, awesome.

  • Cococat replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous! I can certainly see the reference to dress no 13.

  • tulle replied 7 years ago

    Excellent--Sharp  AND  Summery!

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    Oooh, I love those shoes! Terrific interpretation into "real life" clothes of your inspiration!

  • donnat replied 7 years ago

    My gosh those are fabulous shoes! I love your interpretation.

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Love it! Always happy to see a sharp shoulder line (I think I'm one of the few ITs who enjoys wearing it), and those shoes are super fun. Also really like how the "pastel" vibe of the dress works with the severe black accents and your rich hair color.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    You look amazing! I love this linen dress -- I adore a sharp shoulder and you do it to perfection. The shoes are so fab! I agree wholeheartedly with Aida on how interestingly the black and neon work together. It's a tribute to the 80s while at the same time completely modern. Brilliant!

  • Brooklyn replied 7 years ago

    Wow! What Kiwigal said.

  • abc replied 7 years ago

    You're so creative. I see the inspiration. You're just a bad ass in the best way in my book.

  • approprio replied 7 years ago

    Thanks ladies! As ever, you're all very kind. 

    A note on the shoes: the cantilevered heel is surprisingly comfortable, because the support under the arch tilts the weight away from the toes and back onto the heel. I'm a little out of practice (haven't worn them in months!) but I do like the way the elevation, along with the dress, changes the way I move.

    Paradoxically, it feels quite empowering. I found myself sashaying around the supermarket like the aisles were some kind of catwalk, but I'm glad I didn't have to go very far.

  • Style Fan replied 7 years ago

    I like this a lot.  The shoes are very powerful looking.  You wear the dress to perfection.  I love the look of strong shoulders.

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  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Love the strong shoulder - believe you about the UN heels! 

  • replied 7 years ago

    I've said it before, but I do love that two tone dress you made. And those fab shoes! I see what you mean about the heels moving the weight back off the balls of your feel. Bet it's a springey type feeling. You look great in this outfit!

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    I CAN see where you got your inspiration! Great outfit - feminine and fierce.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    So well done!  Love it immensely  So many "arty" looks are drapey and unstructured.  I love the structured details and sharp lines here -- so effective with the rest of your look.

  • Meow replied 7 years ago

    Fantastic outfit and shoes!  You've inspired me to watch some of McQueen's fashion shows on YouTube - which turned in to HOURS of fun.  He was truly a creative guy. 

  • Windchime replied 7 years ago

    The dress looks wonderful on you, and your shoes are fabulous! This is way too good of an outfit to subject to a paint sprayer. :)

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