Earlier today Sarah Burton presented her Spring 2019 collection for Alexander McQueen. The set was haunting, and the collection was absolutely gorgeous, but what really made the outing eventful was when modeling icons Gemma Ward and Lara Stone took to the runway.
Ward — who had walked McQueen shows when McQueen himself was still alive — took a step back from the fashion industry in 2008. She tentatively made her way back in 2014, walking for Prada, but since then she has been selective about her work. This season she only walked one other show: Proenza Schouler. Stone, meanwhile, has not taken a break from modeling, although these days she mostly sticks to editorial work and campaigns. However this season she also closed Escada, proving that she can still nab coveted spots on the catwalk.
Also walking the runway for McQueen this season were Binx Walton, Adut Akech, Lineisy Montero, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Vittoria Ceretti. The collection itself followed the codes of the house, bridging femininity and fashionable grandeur with the darkness McQueen is known for. Lace dresses were belted with large swaths of leather; gowns were paired with studded, flat boots; corsets — or corset-like details — were a recurring theme throughout. See images from the rest of the collection, below: