Sarah Burton walked out to receive a standing ovation in Paris yesterday after presenting her Spring/Summer 2011 collection for Alexander McQueen.
This was without a doubt one of the most anticipated collections of the season, with people wondering whether she would be able to a produce a collection that remained true of Lee McQueen's vision. Well, as the ovation would prove, she got it so right.
This collection was a lot softer, and lighter than what we are used to seeing, but that's because Burton is a woman. The level of craftsmanship, the innate details and the dramatic silhouettes made this a true McQueen production. Burton rightly stayed away from the performance of it all, the dramatic set design and so forth, knowing that was something only Lee could produce. She has made it clear she isn't here to be Alexander McQueen, she is simply here to continue on with his vision in her own way, but a way she knows he would be proud of.