The Extravagance of Alexander McQueen

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How deep and conflicted with nature is the theme of Alexander McQueen for this fall?

Alexander McQueen had such a sad and untimely demise in 2010 but ever since Sarah Burton has taken over the helms of his huge and young empire. Burton’s sense of dress cuts are unique to her – it’s got her imprint on them which is probably why history has been somewhat kinder to her, even though she doesn’t really seem all that revolutionary to break free from McQueen’s shadow.

Burton started out as an assistant to Alexander so was not familiar with the glamour of the fashion industry having spent most of her time in a studio and away from the limelight. Alexander committed suicide in 2010 and he was always well-known for his overtly sensitive attitude – his right hand and friend, Burton took over his empire immediately, with a certain brazen outlook.

Serene, unkempt on the nails, brown earth-ish, poker-straight blonde, with a fringe, blue eyes, Burton gushes a lot about the times Alexander and her would draw side by side. This is a woman who resents the way she looks but has a childlike attitude. Her autumn-winter collection evokes rose petals in silk ruffles that look like they are made of natural colours or striking reds.

This collection is about the circle of nature, with its spinning heights and thunderous emotional defeats. The rose is pretty when blooming and touching when it is withered and old. Burton, unlike McQueen, isn’t fascinated in the beauty of death – she likes to find the beauty in ageing because she views it as such a harsh alternative to bloom. Confined by nature, an ageing woman must also be considered graceful – this is exactly the kind of rules Sarah is busy breaking at the fashion house.

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