Over the years the 'other' Vuitton print has had much exposure and this time Marc Jacobs has turned his talents to the chess board print, from head to toe.
After the muted and self professed "ugliness" and yet utter magic of last season's show this collection saw a return to ultra prettiness.
The models arrived down escalators in pairs, with spookily matching hair and make up, a sixties heel and a sixties cut.
Each outfit had it's familiar, prints were reversed, a playsuit became a dress, a maxi dress a jumpsuit, a skirt and jacket were swapped. It was as though the designer had tried to explore the idea to it's absolute limit.
Colours went from acid yellow to mid brown, to grey, black and bright green mostly checked but some block coloured and a dash of floral.
The shoes were a pointed low heel and the bags were stunning yet sized just so and perhaps were the secret stars of the collection as for each outfit we were straining to see the complimentary hand candy.
McQueen did not disappoint this year. Sarah Burton built on the ultra feminine show of last season which exuded softness this show had a stronger, harder feel which echoed the brand's roots.
With a stunning opening of honeycomb prints, meshes and stunning tortoiseshell accessories the hard edge of McQueen was evident and complimented the exquisite tailoring and luxurious embroidery.
The palette was as strong as the theme echoing the world of the bee with the golden yellows, browns, blacks of the hive and the floral bursts of red, yellow, pink and white.
The full floral skirts with a mesh bodice and a cluster of bees at the neck trod the fine line of the beautiful and the grotesque. The honeycomb thigh high boots were a highlight and the softening of the full victorian hoops and bustles was inspired.
The tortoiseshell then evolved to corsetry pressed onto a floral bodice, the skirt an explosion of flowers. Oh, to be that bride.
This season at Bottega Veneta we saw must have heels and gorgeous feminine florals with a touch of goth. We saw sequins, tassels and baroque embellishment teamed with paired down hair and make up and of course wonderful, wonderful handbags.
Images courtesy of Style.com
By Maria McKenzie
via London - New York - New Orleans