McQueen Resort 2012

I don’t normally post about Cruise or Resort collections but I’m more than willing to create an exception for the Alexander McQueen resort 2012. I think many are scrutinising this collection as closely as McQueen main season collections. I’m sure creative director Sarah Burton has become accustomed to this level of interest in her collections and she has really delivered. Every time I look at the collection, I discover something new and the level of detail and embellishment is sublime. 

Her promise of bringing a sense of softness is fast becoming her signature, with delicate fragility fusing with McQueen traits seamlessly. The collection is based on the notion of “romantic utility”, Burton creates a world which has period references with restrained, structured nipped-waist jackets and fitted mid-calf skirts as well as the use of delicate lace. The colour palette has a clear military influence while exotic beading adds an addition dimension to the collection. Elements of the collection have a distinct couture feel – the embellishment and those fairytale tulle gowns – but in a true paradoxical twist, Burton has also used cotton to give the collection a wearable edge.

The collection is undoubtedly a masterpiece and Burton has seamlessly stepped into Lee’s shoes. I just hope she copes with the accompanying pressure and intense interest which is just set to increase with each collection. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Fashion Limbo
    June 27, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    Amazing and beautiful stuff, I've alway been wary of anyone wanting to continue what a genius created but she's proving that it can be done in such a fantastically creative way. The embroidery is flawless, the fitted shapes, it's all stunning. As you say, a masterpiece xxx

  2. Anonymous
    June 27, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    I was hands down in love with Preen's resort collection and then I saw this. Masterpiece is right. I want all of

  3. Stacie
    July 2, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    This collection is amazing. I'm in love with the belts and the silouttesStacie @Kawaii Nail Art

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