What does one say when one looks brilliance in the eye? How does one verbalize when one sees excruciatingly and palpable beauty? How many Queen Bees can there be … quite literally? So it is Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, who without question, answers the rallying cry of how does a house/brand perpetuate the original vision of its namesake designer? The only answers I can come up with are Sarah Burton and for a brief moment in time, Bill Gaytten.
The visual overload that Ms. Burton creates with this collection is
an amazing feat of both technique and design abilities which are rarely
seen on any runway or in any country. Yes, one might draw comparisons
to Mugler, Krizia, Gaultier and maybe a little Charles James thrown in
for even more drama but who cares when the end result is this!
The honeycomb is the overriding pattern of choice here and tortoise
is the backup accessory of choice. The only thing that came to mind is
that there is a Queen bee in this hive and her name is Sarah Burton. If
the raison d’etre for all presentations this season has been house
codes, vocabulary and DNA, there is no one who has quite so skillfully
“spoken” and “cloned” them. Do not think for one second that Ms. Burton
has not played it forward as she has most certainly expanded upon the
vision of Alexander McQueen in ways which one might find inconceivable.
There are no details overlooked, not a misstep in the lineup and it
is all unmistakably McQueen. What does one say when one is witness to