At the moment, fashion is full of inspiring female role models. These powerhouse wonder women manage to have kids, run global businesses, look great and still somehow have the energy left to design killer collections. I think it’s safe to say that Sarah Burton falls firmly under this category. Taking over from a designer internationally renowned for being one of the most visionary talents of our time must have been unbelievably daunting. Many people, myself included, questioned whether anyone would be able to do justice to the legacy of Lee Alexander McQueen but three years, one Royal wedding dress and an Order of the British Empire later little doubt remains that Burton is more than capable of it.
As you’ve probably gathered from the fact that my posts often pass the 1000 word mark, I’m not often rendered speechless. Well the sheer beauty of the Alexander McQueen AW13 collection very nearly managed it. The sculptural gowns, pearl encrusted shoes and regal headdresses certainly weren’t ready-to-wear in the traditional sense of the word. Indeed Burton’s latest creations had an air of high drama and exquisite extravagance about them that would have made her successor proud. But while even the most fabulous of fashion mavens would be hard pushed to carry off a bejewelled collared down the pub, the intricate, impractical almost non-sensical beauty of this collection is precisely what I love so much about it. With Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham delivering flawless everyday luxury, I think it’s both interesting and encouraging to see their fellow female British Fashion Designer of the Year winner doing the polar opposite and doing it so darn well. In some ways I can’t help but feel that this kind of awe-inspiring, artistic expression is what high fashion is really all about.
Love Ella. X
Ps) Sarah was pregnant with TWINS while designing this collection… I know!