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.
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’.
For SS16 at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton sheds the heavy, structured looks of recent seasons in favour of a look that can only be described as tender femininity at its finest. Burton took inspiration from silk weavers in the 17th century who had a penchant for florals. The inspiration is clearly seen in the delicate floral designs on airy silks and the silhouettes with layers of ruffles upon ruffles that render a softer take on the label’s theatrical aesthetic. The ethereal dresses are grounded with weighty body chains and distressed denim pieces for a stark contrast and tough-luxe appeal. For a rebellious look, we’re styling ours with one of the label’s iconic scarves.