Creative director Sarah Burton looked to heirlooms and treasures for patterns on Forties-style dresses and fluid silhouettes for the Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2016 collection.

Victorian prints and luxe materials in a mix of textures were incorporated for a collection packed full of statement pieces.  Silk-printed blouses were topped off with jeweled brooches and collars; coats and day dresses are patterned with moths, skulls, hummingbirds and flowers; and a black menswear-inspired suit was embellished with tiny appliqués of butterflies, lips, beetles, jewels and hearts, all details that were among the many decorative effects.

Beautifully textured mini-dresses and semi-sheer floor-length gowns, featuring gold sequin panels and deep V-necklines, made an impact. Meanwhile, two gilded gowns were spotlighted but the fantastically embroidered pieces — including one with two flamingos intertwined at the neck — were exceptional.