Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter 2011

Alexander McQueen left us nearly 13 months ago now. We’ve mourned.  We’ve asked why we had to lose such a great designer in a tragic way.  We’ve even organized an entire exhibition and gala evening(The Costume Institute Ball next month) in his honour.  So we’ve made our peace with the situation at hand. However, there is one woman that will never let us forget his legacy, one woman that carries the torch for the entire house and did so from the day after Alexander McQueen committed suicide. Sarah Burton took the reigns of one of the most prestigious design houses in the world and she has worked tirelessly over the past year to make sure that the McQueen name remains at the exactly where it has been for many years, at the top.  

However, Sarah is her own woman with her own visions and ideals for design  – each designer is by nature.  So I do truly believe it was fate that led Sarah Burton and Lee McQueen to each other. The reason? No other person on earth could have made us feel as if Alexander McQueen himself was present with the collection that was showcased yesterday. She isn’t just designing for Alexander McQueen, she has become Alexander McQueen.  The runway as a whole may seem slightly less theatrical a production than we are used to seeing but the garments contained all the drama that one space could contain. The gown with a bodice covered in broken china drew the air from us all.  A million things are said there with one model in  this one dress. The hard structure of the garments juxtaposed with the soft warm fur gave us McQueen tailoring with dramatic flair. And as always, the shoes the models wore made clear to us all that only the best in the business were walking this catwalk today!

Many exciting moments lie ahead for Burton at McQueen…and that isn’t even including the rumour that Burton will be dressing the bride for the wedding of the century!


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