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Avian Influences

Alexander McQueen Spring 2008

— October 7, 2007 — Fashion
Birds have been influencing fashion this season, as was made evident again by Alexander McQueen's runway show in Paris today. From bird-of-paradise silhouettes to wing-like capes and feathered details, the show was an ode to delicate creatures of the sky.

"The theme of birds—particularly symbolic of Blow—held the show together through a reprise of all the highlights of McQueen's career," Style.com reported. The "Blow" they mention is McQueen's late mentor, the designer who made him who he is today. As a tribute to Isabella Blow, he dedicated his entire collection to her.

There could not be a more stylish way to honour someone whose life was devoted to the world of fashion, and no one could have pulled it off better than McQueen.

The gallery shows the bird-of-paradise inspirations in head adornments, colourful capes that resemble an extended set of wings, a stunning dress in what appears to resemble the feather patterns of an owl and a grey dress so pale, it evokes images of the soft plummage of a swan.

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