Alexander McQueen Without Alexander McQueen Just Isn’t The Same

Since Alexander McQueen killed himself this past February, Sarah Burton, who served as the designer’s right-hand woman for 14 years, has been installed as the fashion house’s creative director. Now we’ve got a first look at what direction Burton may take the label. It’s not a full-on reveal, as it’s Cruise 2011, but it gives an idea of how Burton’s McQueen will differ and resemble that which came before her. Without a doubt, Burton has sought to retain much of the original flavor, with a flaming red gown, reptilian patterns, and razor-sharp tailoring. In an interview, she cited samurai warriors and Hans Bellmer dolls as her inspiration, and she spoke of a desire to “juxtapose the pale and the delicate with the bold and armorial.” All of that is very McQueen, but Burton’s collection lacks the fire of McQueen’s relentless inventiveness. There was always something dangerous and original about his work, a sense that you were looking at something you had never seen before. In this case, that’s gone. [FabSugar]