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Alexander McQueen Menswear Spring 2011

It was just a few weeks ago that the Gucci Group announced that Sarah Burton would be replacing the late Alexander McQueen as the brand’s Creative Director.

Burton, who was widely expected to replace the British designer, had worked with McQueen since 1996, and was promoted to her pre-Creative Director role in 2000.

Burton was also the one taxed with completing the unfinished McQueen collection presented during Paris Fashion Week.

The 16 looks were 80% of the way finished at the time of McQueen’s death, and under Burton, a design team of five finished them, resulting in one of the most praised collections of the season.

Now, in Milan during the Men’s Spring 2011 Ready to Wear shows, Burton presented her first collection as Creative Director for Alexander McQueen.


Fittingly, the collection had a slew of looks paying homage to past McQueen collections, but worked in were new, layered silhouettes.

There was a balance of clean lines (tying into an English, aristocratic inspiration), and bolder looks incorporating strong colors, as well as McQueen’s trademark photo-prints.


Burton’s first outing for McQueen proved to be very promising, and I look forward to what’s to come for Spring/Summer 2011 womenswear.


As for McQ, McQueen’s lower priced diffusion line, Pina Ferlisi has been named Creative Director, and she will reportedly work under Sarah Burton. Ferlisi was most recently the creative director of womenswear at Generra. Before Generra, Ferlisi worked as Executive Vice-President of Design at GAP, and as the Creative Director of Marc Jacobs’ diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs, and at Coach.