Sarah Burton's fantasy inspired collection for Alexander McQueen drew rave reviews at Paris Fashion Week last Wednesday.
The Futumn/Winter 2012 collection was said to have been inspired by "the rippling underbellies of mushrooms" and the stunning collection of layered gowns and coats featured a colour palette of pinks, greyish purple, soft reds, silvery grey and black.
"It was exhilarating... With talent like Sarah's you just sit back and relish the sense of fantasy. No one else has it," said Hal Rubenstein, InStyle magazine fashion director.
Sarah Burton is "glad" she agreed to take over as Alexander McQueen's creative director.
The designer - who was given the coveted role following the tragic suicide of the label's founder Alexander McQueen in February 2010 - says she was initially unsure about doing the job, but looking back, she is pleased she did.
"He was such a genius; inspiring and funny and an incredible man. I could never pretend to be him but when I look back now, I'm glad that I took the job - because it kept the studio alive in his spirit, and it kept the team together. Because what did he work so hard for all those years if it was all just going to disappear?"
Sarah - who created Duchess Catherine's wedding dress when she married Prince William in April - recently said she regards the Alexander McQueen team to be "like a family" feels "privileged" to be part of the brand: "Every day, I love what I do and I think it's a gift and privilege to love your job. The McQueen team is like family. We are so passionate about what we do and it's so important that we have established a couture-standard atelier in Britain."
Lindsey Wixson is the new face of Alexander McQueen. The 16-year-old model will star in the label's new Spring/Summer 2011 brand images, which will appear in stores, billboards and on the fashion house's website.
In the shots, Lindsey - who has appeared in campaigns for Versace - has her hair neatly woven into a lattice-like plait and wears a sleeveless printed dress with delicate scalloped edges, set against a backdrop of butterflies. The campaign is the first one to have been directed by Sarah Burton, who took over as the label's creative director following the tragic suicide of Alexander McQueen last February.
Sarah Burton almost turned down the chance to take over from the late Alexander McQueen. The legendary fashion designer tragically committed suicide last February and Sarah was later named as the new creative director of the brand, but she admits it was a tough challenge to take on.
"I thought, 'How would I ever begin to begin?' Lee's mind was so different to anyone else's. I knew there was no way I could pretend to be him; but I had to ask myself, what did Lee work for? For all this just to close down?"
Sarah, who had been the right-hand aide of McQueen for the past 16 years, also vowed her collections will be true to herself but will pay tribute to the fashion legend and his creations.
"People ask: what's Sarah about? But I've worked here for so long, there's been a big part of me in those collections all along the way. I'm not going to wipe the slate clean. That would be wiping me away. There will always be those McQueen elements, but at the same time, you can never stay still and you have to stay true to yourself. That's what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work."
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After her initial words upon accepting the head designer role at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton has kept fairly quiet—until now. Burton, who was hired at McQueen before she was even a graduate at Central Saint Martin’s, talks about her mentor and boss, as well as what her plans are going forward with the label.
One thing she is not continuing are the extravagant, grandiose shows McQueen was known for: “That was very much Lee’s territory—the spectacular show… In that way, I can’t try and pretend to be Lee.”
She is, however, staying true to the designer’s affinity for the macabre and sex.
—Fashion designer Gareth Pugh will appear at the Istanbul fashion-forward festival, Istancool, as a DJ: “I haven’t done it in ages so I’m definitely a bit rusty - I’m certainly not skilled at mixing- it’s all about the selection.”
—After giving birth to her son, model Jourdan Dunn has dodged work and the spotlight for some time now. In addition to being snapped up behind-the-scenes of an i-D shoot, rumor has it that the 20 year-old is to appear in this upcoming September issue of Vogue.
—Where’s Tyra’s hair advice when you need her? Supermodel Naomi Campbell was working a Mobil gas station when a hair stylist adjusted her hair, only to reveal a bald spot on the side of her head—and it doesn’t look like she was making a statement.
—Sarah Burton, new creative director of Alexander McQueen, unveiled her resort Spring/Summer 2011 collection, and thankfully, she has stayed true to the label’s nature.
While it may not have been much of a surprise that Alexander McQueen’s right-hand lady Sarah Burton would take over his label, what is surprising is how soon she’d start churning out pieces. Also not surprising: Lady Gaga is the first to wear them.
The McQueen lover debuted a custom-made catsuit designed by Burton for her private performance at Duane Park last night. The club was apparently so exclusive that the only photos that have surfaced are two-toned and grainy; quite a bummer, considering the outfit already looks gorgeous from what I can tell.
What do you think of Sarah Burton’s first womenswear look for Alexander McQueen?
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Sarah Burton has been appointed the new creative director of Alexander McQueen.
The designer had been the right-hand aide of McQueen, who committed suicide in February, for the past 16 years and has now been promoted at the London-based fashion house. She was credited with completing McQueen’s last-ever collection - which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week in March - and won rave reviews from the fashion world.
Speaking about the announcement, Burton paid tribute to McQueen, real name Lee, saying, “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy.”
Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen, said, “We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on the role of creative director. Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, she has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values.”
He is hoping her appointment will help strengthen the brand, with future plans including launching a men’s underwear collection: “Sarah is extremely talented and under her creative leadership we are ready to enter a new phase in the brand’s history.”
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