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Church of McQueen
Nadia Dabbakeh | Photo: Courtesy Images | June 25, 2013
All hail Sarah Burton—the McQueen matriarch conceived a new store concept with David Collins Studio that’s just as delightfully distorted as her designs.
The Highland Park Village boutique is bathed in dove gray, lilac, soft gold and whites, creating a calming effect. Molded plaster panels of seahorse tails, tangled leaves, shells, cactus flowers and mushroom gills are rather charming.
Look more closely and McQueen’s signature skulls and grimacing gargoyles tell a more sinister tale. Smashed marble is reassembled to create warped floors. Velvet furniture, soft to the touch, sits on solid bronze monster claws. Impish monkeys on chains hold up the gray shelving. Inspired by all things beautifully warped—Antonio Gaudi’s architecture, Francis Bacon’s paintings of Popes, and Mother Nature’s very own flora and fauna—the store is a reflection of McQueen’s exaggerated, take-a-closer-look aesthetic.
It’s the perfect home for Burton’s women’s and menswear collections, including runway pieces, ready-to-wear and accessories. If these walls could talk... well, they’re already saying quite a lot.
44A Highland Park Village, 214.559.6140, alexandermcqueen.com