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.