Sarah Burton’s Gray Scaling Matches McQueen Aesthetic


Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton is trying to seamlessly create a transition from McQueen himself onto her. It’s a challenging task to accomplish considering the fact that Alexander McQueen was a design genius. Every collection conceived in his mind, and then later incarnated into an actual garment proved to be the very original best. Truly she has humongous shoes to fill. Yet she is seemingly proving to manage.

The Alexander McQueen collection of Autumn/Winter 2011 was a masterful depiction of what Tim Blanks says to be, “The Ice Queen and her court.” Whereas, a simpler concept of gray scaling would suffice too. Freja Beha Erichsen’s opening look would be proof of this. The shocking white coat trimmed in every which way conveyed the “Ice Queen” concept. In fact, the white powder in the hair pulled through with–what will be a future iconic collection’s–theme. There was truly an array of white, grays, and–of course–black. However–what could be called a boring palette–was truly matched with McQueen style in signature silhouettes and structure. So much was Burton’s execution to feed a similar McQueen-like collection to us that Tim Blanks said, “the show notes called ‘heritage silhouettes’.” Of course, there were exceptions to the reappearing gray scaling theme. Tim Blanks’s concept of the “Ice Queen” matched the appearances of light pale blues and purples. The collection captured my attention the entire time, because–I must admit–it was absolutely beautiful.

Middleton’s wedding dress and another striking collection, this proves to be the McQueen house’s  year. No doubt will it last longer–unless Burton decides to screw with it.

Stars: 5/5


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