The Collection: Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

On the heels of this year's blockbuster exhibit at the Met and creating one of the most iconic royal wedding gowns in history, the latest display of breathtaking looks at Alexander McQueen did not disappoint.

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A look from Alexander McQueen's Spring 2012 collection.
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On the heels of this year's blockbuster exhibit at the Met and creating one of the most iconic royal wedding gowns in history, the latest display of breathtaking looks at Alexander McQueen -- staged this week in Paris -- did not disappoint.
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All of the looks in the spring collection featured some kind of spectacular headpiece, whether a simple lace topper or a mask that completely covered the model's face.
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While some the all-black looks had a decidedly dark edge, Burton told WWD that the collection was in no way meant to be "fetishistic."
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The designer told WWD: “It’s all about femininity and womanhood ... It’s about embellishment and celebrating women’s beauty.”
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A skimpy black lace bodysuit with platforms that lace up the calf at Alexander McQueen.
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Leather and tulle at Alexander McQueen's Spring 2012 collection.
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Many of the looks were a study in contrasts: A fitted torso -- often rendered in leathers or tight lace -- contrasted with fuller skirts and frothy layers of tulle.
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Cinched waists abounded in the collection. Here, a fitted dress rendered in a peachy-gold fabric.
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Another version of the look at Alexander McQueen.
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A fitted brocade skirt paired with a delicate lace bodice at Alexander McQueen.
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Bright red lace and layers of tulle at Alexander McQueen.
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Layers of a watery, splattered red print, topped with a lace cape at Alexander McQueen.
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Rippling gold suit at Alexander McQueen.
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A cinched gold dress at Alexander McQueen.
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A cream suit dipped in gold at Alexander McQueen.
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A pearl-covered bodice with rippled silk skirt at Alexander McQueen.
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Breathtaking layers of feathered silver comprises this opulent gown at Alexander McQueen.
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A silver embellished gown topped off with a an armor-like headpiece.
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An up close look at the staggering detail on the headpiece, as well as an all-over embellished bodice.
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Layers of gold lace in a delicate gown at Alexander McQueen.
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A dress that gives the illusion of being made from countless pieces of tiny coral at Alexander McQueen.
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