Sarah Burton Wins Raves for Her Second Alexander McQueen Collection

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The house of Alexander McQueen will have a harder time convincing the world they are not designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress, as rumored, now that the fall 2011 collection has walked in Paris. The closing dresses were quite white and quite frothy and quite stunning. "Kate Middleton, I love you but if you don't have Sarah Burton design your wedding dress, you're making a big mistake. HUGE," Elle creative director Joe Zee tweeted from the show. Shown in famous Parisian prison La Conciergerie, the runway collection was only Burton's second since succeeding McQueen after his suicide a little more than a year ago. The black harness worn by one model hinted at the late designer's signature sadistic edge. Burton opened with wool suits, accented with zippers and pleats, but then out came the gowns. Christina Binkley writes for The Wall Street Journal:

As though building to a denouement, the looks became more theatrical until there was no denying that there really is alot of Mr. McQueen’s DNA left in the brand ….or perhaps there was always a lot of Ms. Burton’s in it?

Sarah Burton’s Tour de Force for Alexander McQueen [Heard on the Runway/WSJ]
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