Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 from Paris Fashion Week

Last night was Sarah Burton’s debut as the creative director for Alexander McQueen, following McQueen’s untimely death earlier this year. The collection that was presented was a haunting tribute to the former ruler of the house yet also introduced a softer side to the McQueen theatre we are used to seeing at runway shows. The haunting head to toe white introduction to the new line drew gasps from the audience. Girls with plated hair and casper-like makeup walked the long wooden blanks that were the runway. Was Sarah trying to tell attendees that the ghost of Lee McQueen was among us?

What followed were looks that displayed Sarah was trying her best to maintain Lee’s vision for the brand. These were classic Alexander McQueen pieces and displayed a real loyalty for Sarah to her “maker”.

As some models marched down the runway you could see tears streaming down the faces of certain editors.  Sarah Burton had made them all proud and these were in fact tears of joy. She honoured a man, his vision and clearly stated “I speak McQueen.”   The show may not have had its usual theatre element but the pieces shown clearly made up for any lack of drama on the catwalk. No dress, for me, said that more clearly than the dress covered in butterflies (of which there were a few). What a beautiful statement to make with such fragile and courageous creatures.

 Some details of the collection for you…

Detail photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

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