Alexander McQueen: Spring 2011 Ready to Wear Collection
Posted on October 6, 2010
Sarah Burton had an immense burden on her shoulders: carrying on the McQueen line after the tragic death of her longtime mentor Alexander McQueen. Sarah's show was a triumph. In an interview with WWD before the show, she said that she isn't theatrical like her boss was and that it didn't make sense for her to try to put on an exotic show. Instead she focused on the clothes with a simple presentation.
The new collection is a bit softer than previous collections; she says it represents her more feminine point of view. Sarah says that the collection is both bohemian and pagan in spirit, with an homage to the "raw power of nature and a free spirit." The clothing is full of intricate handwork, using frayed raffia, hand pleated organza, hand painted feather butterflies, gold bullion, corn dollies, twisted feathers, crochet, ribbons and tooled leather. Nothing is quite as it seems. One cocktail dress that appeared to be fabric turns out to be made of braided raffia. Feathers were key: the show closed with a fantastic ostrich feather dress. The shapes were close to the body, except for the exaggerated hip shape which Sarah said emphasized the femininity of the collection.
As Sarah said that some people think the line is unwearable, but that just isn't true. She says she's created lots of wearable day wear separates in the collection, such as the white separates, which featured jackets with exaggerated shoulder detail and low rise trousers, and sleek black pants with cropped jackets. The day dresses were made in ultra light silk, chiffon, fille coupe and cotton voile. At the end of the show, Sarah presented elaborate full length gowns that inspired gasps of admiration. With beautiful details, many with feathers or raffia, they were just stunning. Take a look: