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Designer Sarah Burton’s Vision Keeps McQueen’s Legacy Alive and Kicking and Beautiful.

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 9:58 am
  • October 7, 2010

(*A sweet collective sigh of relief.)

Hair Weaving

Well… she did it.  And good for her.  Taking the reigns of Alexander McQueen’s (RIP) dramatic fashion empire is no small feat.  And while all eyes were upon her, Creative Director, Sarah Burton did just that.  Using a softer, feminine touch, Burton managed to translate her 15-year collaboration with McQueen into a singularly beautiful vision.  She unabashedly presented McQueen’s 2011 Spring collection with a softened, Mother Earth-like vision, yet not varying from the other-worldly past collections that McQueen himself dreamed up.

Alexander McQueen's 2011 Spring Collection

While the designs themselves were breathtaking (think ethereal layers (above); softened or even bare shoulders; a broad nod to nature: black leather fronds, monarch butterfly embellished heels; or a mass envelopment of feathers), they all paid homage to things gilded and fabulous.

Equally as dramatic were the sets and stylings (typical of McQueen, but different) – no longer dark and deep, the set was light and somewhat counter-nostalgic of McQueen’s sudden and tragic exit.  Completely appropriate, as the stark plaiting/ weaving of the model’s hair spoke of harder days, in the most beautifully stunning show this season.  (Stylists take note!)

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