October 03, 2023
Achenrin Walking Alexander Mcqueen Fall 2022
The show is Alexander McQueen’s second outside of the official fashion calendar (following last season’s Spring 2022 show from London), with its Brooklyn location marking the first time in over two decades that the house has held a runway show stateside. It’s not at all obvious why the choice makes sense now, but thinking about the location’s sense of history and community – coupled with the setting of a repurposed warehouse filled with mulchy piles of dirt – can help us start to connect the dots to the collection’s theme of mushrooms and mycelium.
Sudanese-American model and activist, Achenrin Madit wowed with her solo cover for Edward Enninful’s April issue of British Vogue, shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carlyn Cerf de Dudzeele, and multiple advertising campaigns shot by Mr. Meisel including Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Ports1961 and Zara, Tiffany by Sharif Hamza and Zara Beauty by Mario Sorrenti. Miss Madit appeared in Valentino, Fendi, Alexander McQueen, Jacquemus, Alaia, Givenchy, Proenza Schoule, Tory Burch and Michael Kors shows last year while at just 19 years old catching the eyes of key industry players: Camilla Nickerson, Karl Templer, Fabien Baron, Katie Grand, Carlos Nazario, Nick Knight, David Sims, Amy Troost, Gordon von Steiner, Carlijin Jacobs and Theo Wenner. Determined to use her voice and incredible platform, Achenrin actively fights for racial equality and contributes to global awareness of these essential issues.
One of nature’s most mysterious and powerful entities, mushrooms are having something of a moment these days. In a world that feels more and more broken, in decay, and disconnected, their ability to transform death into beautiful life and unite individual organism feels deeply inspirational. The latest designer we’ve seen to investigate these treasures of the forest floor, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton turned her thoughtful gaze toward mushrooms and their mycelial connections for her Fall 2022 show.
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