Sarah Burton, Creative Director at Alexander McQueen, continues to garner top reviews as she adds a softer, more feminine touch to the brand’s theatrical aesthetic.
Somewhere between fantasy and reality, strength and fragility, structure and fluidity... the latest Alexander McQueen collection explores the folklore of the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland. Burton realises tradition and emblem with irresistibly elegant, ethereal-looking dresses, and sharp suiting in tweeds and Prince of Wales check – all artfully punctuated by floral motifs, belts and ruffles, somewhat of a signature of the brand's creative director, it would seem. If it's accessories you're after, opt for a new-season take on the iconic minaudière or even a skull-print poncho for an unmistakable touch of McQueen.
The late Lee McQueen, a British fashion genius famed for his dramatic runway shows that reportedly brought seasoned editors to tears, was a hard act to follow. Sarah Burton, however, has successfully taken up the Alexander McQueen gauntlet, taking the much loved brand to new heights and even winning the 2011 ‘Designer of the Year’ title at the British Fashion Awards. Burton went on to create the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, and was later named one of the most influential people in the world in the 2012 ‘Time 100’.