Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Collection
Sarah Burton worked with Alexander McQueen as his assistant for over 14 years and we doubt there were many who envied her latest task: taking over as head designer after McQueen’s tragic suicide earlier this year. It’s virtually impossible to follow in the footsteps of someone most people considered a genius, if not in life, then after his death. For the most part, we think she pulled it off. Granted, if McQueen himself had put this collection out, he likely would have come in for some criticism for being too self-referential, what with the lizard skin and butterfly motifs popping up, as well as the feathers, the gold detailing, the wheat, and the unusual silhouettes, all of which were to be found in previous collections. But Burton had one major task to accomplish: to prove to the public that the brand goes on. There’s a sense of continuity here that was much-needed for her inaugural effort. It’ll be interesting to see what she does going forward but for now, this collection does the job nicely by serving as both tribute and introduction. It’s not all perfect, but it is exactly the direction she should take.
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