Tag Archives: Sarah Burton

Met Gala 2011

4 May

I always look forward to the Met Gala, because it puts the focus on the celebrities of the fashion world–the designers, models, and industry insiders. Because of its focus and guest list, attendees dress to the nines in high fashion, as opposed to the more mainstream looks seen on other red carpets.

There were numerous Alexander McQueen ensembles, fittingly since the gala was in honor of the McQueen exhibit opening. My favorite was Daphne Guinness, one of McQueen’s dear friends, who wore a dress from the McQueen spring 2011 line, the first collection designed by his predecessor Sarah Burton. She wore the slightly avant-garde molded dress the right way, keeping her hair and makeup simple.

Other notable McQueen ensembles were Coco Rocha’s black and gold feathered frock, Anna Dello Russo’s bolero pantsuit, and Gisele Bundchen’s red hot gown.

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Kate Middleton + Sarah Burton= Excitement

7 Mar

Ever since the news of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s engagement was broadcast, fashion blogs and magazines have had one question on their minds: Who will design her wedding dress? The news and speculation haven’t been too exciting until now. Middleton is keeping it a secret, but rumors are that she has chosen Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to design her dress. Burton is currently denying it, but it could still be her, since she would have been sworn to secrecy.

The soon-to-be princess is known for her conservative style choices. She usually wears classic silhouettes, with skirt suits and trench coats part of her regular wardrobe. This is an exciting collaboration if Middleton is working with Burton, since Burton is known for artistically feminine pieces.

Burton recently designed a wedding dress for Sara Buys (picture right), the fashion writer who married Tom Parker Bowles (son of Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles). The dress Buys wore was a departure from the usual traditional, long-sleeved lace dresses worn by royals. It was a simple and modern, form-fitting and feminine, strapless with a fishtail.

Middleton supposedly consulted her soon-to-be loosely connected relative for help in her wedding dressing decision. Hopefully Middleton’s wedding dress will be more stately than Buys’s– slightly avant-garde, yet extremely flattering, so she can have her first truly royal fashion moment, tiara optional.

McQueen: A Legacy

12 Feb


A year ago today, fashion lost one of its greats, Alexander McQueen. The designer passed away shortly before showing his last collection. He was known for pushing the boundaries with his runway shows not just with the clothing, but with the staging as well. From his chessboard show to his armadillo heels, he kept his audiences on the edge of their seats, waiting for what would come next.

After his death, there was much speculation about who, if anyone, could take over for the fashion visionary. McQueen’s longtime assistant, Sarah Burton, was named creative director for the fashion house, and has proven herself capable of carrying on his legacy. While we cannot have McQueen himself designing awe-inspiring collections, the next best thing is watching what his second in command imagines the designer would have come up with play out on the runway each season.

R.I.P. Lee Alexander McQueen, you are missed, but your legacy lives on.

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