When British designer Lee McQueen, the designer genius behind the Alexander McQueen brand, committed suicide in February, the fashion world lost a major imaginative force. His designs were favored by the likes of Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, and Drew Barrymore, and the question that rose was, What's happening to the brand?
Taking the place of Lee was surely no easy, if not nearly impossible, feat. To stay true to his vision, and then execute it, would take talent. But, after the first full collection without his insight debuted at Paris Fashion Week, it's safe to say that Sarah Burton, Lee's right-hand woman up until his death, has successfully filled his fabulous leather shoes.
Having only four months to put together the spring/summer collection, she used unexpected materials ... which is so very McQueen.
Striking pieces included a straw dress with rows of sprouting wheat around the waist, a ballgown in ostrich feathers, one in peacock feathers, and a short dress made from a collage of fake butterflies, with assorted butterfly-decorated stilettos. Traditional McQueen was seen in animal prints, golden embroideries, and frayed cuts.
Check out the full collection here.
It's so refreshing to see another designer take over a brand, while still retaining the original creator's image. Only a handful have successfully been able to do that: Karl Lagerfield for Chanel, John Galliano at Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz at Lanvin.
Do you think she stayed within the McQueen image? Do you like Sarah's designs?
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