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Alexander McQueen

Showcasing a scintillating aesthetic that can only be described as ‘iconic’ and ‘unabashedly dramatic’, Lee Alexander McQueen founded his eponymous brand in 1992. The maison, renowned for its sense of pristine tailoring, is headed by Sarah Burton today.

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About the designer

The late Lee Alexander McQueen established his namesake label in 1992. Acclaimed for dramatic, exaggerated and gothic silhouettes, the designer was swiftly dubbed 'L’Enfant Terrible' of fashion. Although slightly notorious, the London-born creative paid his dues to fashion during his studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and gaining experience at, amongst others, Anderson and Sheppard, Gieves and Hawkes, Koji Tatsuno and couture house Givenchy. The designer was awarded several titles during his career, ranging from ‘British Designer of the Year’ to ‘International Designer of the Year’.

McQueen’s smart sense of tailoring led him to design razor-sharp silhouettes, often embellished with raw and theatrical detailing. Iconic garments, such as the cheeky ‘Bumster’ trousers, ‘Manta’ dresses and the instantly recognisable skull-printed scarf landed the couturier cult status. While his runway shows were often the talk of the town, it’s his distinct sense of style that truly lingers.
 
After McQueen’s death in 2010, Sarah Burton became the label’s creative director. Having worked alongside him for nearly fifteen years, the McQueen aesthetic was encapsulated into her creative DNA. The British designer showcases in-depth knowledge of the dark and encapsulating philosophy while preserving the label’s concise technical craftsmanship. Burton is best-known for designing HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress in 2002.

Collection autumn/winter 2017

Having worked along the side of Lee Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton has always been inspired by nature and historical elements. The autumn/winter 2017 collection presented romantic dresses, embroidered and embellished with florals and ancient motifs. A poppy red hue highlighted the overall grey and monochrome colour palette. Ribbed knit maxi and mini ruffle dresses were accentuated by red leather stitch and fringe detailing whereas the leather jackets featured a red and dusty pink fur lining. The silhouettes were cinched by sturdy elongated black belts and fell into an ankle-grazing length. Black and white knit dresses featured a golden or silver sheer detailing. Open-worked lace dresses and transparent embellished styles were richly decorated with feathers at the cuffs and hems. The black and grey wool pantsuits evoked a wintery feeling and allowed for a strong feminine look.