If ever there was a collection this season where each look stunned more than the one just before, it was the Spring 2012 Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen collection. Goosebump-inducing not only because of the incredible detail in construction, but because of the sheer beauty of the design vision behind the elaborate construction. If anyone is deserving of being elected as the next guest of the Chambre Syndicale (the French committee of couturiers), it would be Burton.
Balancing out McQueen’s penchant for dark and fetish touches (think tightly cinched waists, stiffly structured shoulders, and aggressive masks), with incredibly feminine details (think layers of ruffles, peplums, lingerie-inspired bodices, and soft hues), the collection showed signs of Burton’s own aesthetic laced with McQueen’s DNA. The balance of the two was perhaps best captured in an orange baby doll dress with two front cut-outs that was paired with a grid-like orange mask and elaborately constructed shoes. As for the gowns, it’s hard to imagine the embroidered silver one that closed the show not ending up on a red carpet or, more aptly, in a museum.