Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sarah Burton - a close look at Alexander McQueen`s successor

Back in May 2010, three months after Alexander McQueen's death, it was announced that Sarah Burton would take over as creative director.

Sarah has a clear vision of what the brand should be like because she had been Alexander McQueen’s right hand for 16 years. And it was she who completed the last ever collection by the designer showcased at Paris Fashion Week in March.

She understands the responsibility she has taken and wants to stay close to McQueen’s vision of fashion. She said:

"The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy.”

As she gears up to unveil her first womenswear collection for the Alexander McQueen label, Sarah Burton has revealed what to expect from her solo debut – and it’s not all angst and darkness.

I don’t think it has to have as much angst in it. I think it will become softer,” she says. “There will always be this McQueen spirit and essence. But, of course, I’m a woman so maybe more from a woman’s point of view. There’s always got to be some darkness, because otherwise you don’t appreciate what’s light,” she explains. "I’ve had a training in darkness, but I don’t feel that it’s necessarily a personal thing to me. I’m a bit lighter.”

And as for a typically theatrical show? “That was very much Lee’s territory – the spectacular show, in that way, I can’t try and pretend to be Lee. He was such a lovely man, and his mind never switched off. He was so important to me. You just wanted to make him happy, look after him,” she says. “Although I felt that I protected him, now I feel that he protected me.”

Burton’s first "own" collection will be shown in Paris on October 5th.

More facts on her:

- She was born in Cheshire, England, and is one of five children.

- Burton loved clothes early on: "I always drew dresses. I remember loving Richard Avedon's early Versace campaigns. I used to plaster my whole walls with them when I was a kid."

- She attended Central Saint Martins in London and studied print design.

- McQueen hired Burton straight out of school in 1997, and she began working on everything from menswear to accessories to footwear.

- Burton considers herself a workaholic, but in her spare time, loves to attend art exhibitions.

- Most recently, Burton has started doing needlepoint while watching TV.

- She is married to photographer David Burton.

- She has rooms full of Alexander McQueen pieces but dresses more casually in the office.

- She plans on proving that a McQueen piece, though theatrical, can also be wearable: "What saddens me in a way is that Lee had these incredible shows, but always under that there were amazing pieces you could wear, but somehow nobody ever believed it was wearable."

Sources: 1 2 3

Hm...isn`t it sacrilege to aspire to make McQueen "more wearable"? Wasn`t the big show part of the concept? Wasn`t it the show that made McQueen more ART than fashion (which is what made him the legend that he is!)? Seriously, if I want something "wearable" I`ll consult Gucci or YSL. There is more than enough "wearable fashion" out there (and most of it looks like it shouldn`t be worn by anyone).

McQueen was never only "all about darkness and angst". Just think of his successful Atlantis collection or his feather dresses!

I`m a bit disapointed that it all sounds so low-key. Of course, nobody can ever truly continue McQueen`s unique vision (or it would take a soul as tormented as his...) but what she says doesn`t sound as if she really wanted to carry on his legacy.

What do you think?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Burberry S/S 11 Show Coverage: Fashion, Celebs & Models

Invitation to Burberry`s spring/summer 2011 show at Chelsea College London, september 21st 2010.

My outfit

The venue

Alexa Chung wearing Burberry


Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Burberry + Alexander McQueen bag

Poppy Delevigne wearing Burberry

Donna Air wearing Burberry

Mario Testino, who was the most charismatic & cool of all.


Anna and Ellie Wintour


Look! It`s your favourite blogger! :) (in front: the band The Cheek)



Stylish attendees

Inside the venue - before the show

The seats of Jacquetta Wheeler and Erin O`Connor

Front row

View from my seat in row 4

Show finale

My view - oh these MEN with their pink cell-phones! *grr*

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Jacquetta Wheeler after the show

Burberry model Thomas Penfound after the show

Burberry Retail Theatre: the show was shown live at 25 flagship stores worldwide, among them Bond Street / London, St. Germain / Paris, Berlin / Germany, Venice, Milan & Rome / Italy.

It was also broadcasted live on


Who`s outfit do you like best? Where did you watch the show?

Picture sources: My own photos & Burberry press

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Links a la Mode

A La Modest - Reintroducing the morality within green ethical fashion
Bachman’s Sparrow - What better way to greet the new season than a beautiful, one-of-a-kind statement necklace?
Beyond Fabric - Enhancing your image: posture and body image.
Boheme Noir - Ten ways to style the classic Chanel jacket young & fabulous.
Fabulous Finds Girl - Ann Wiberg creates future vintage by recycling materials with Trash-Couture.
Fashezine - Inspired by the sensuality of Joan, the determination of Peggy, and Betty Draper’s elegance, a girl goes mad for Mad Men.
Fashion Limbo - Brand Love or I Want What She’s Wearing – How brands fail to get me and what/who truly inspire me
Grit and Glamour - Staying true to you when dressing for dress code.
Hello beauty! - Review and makeup lesson video with the NARS Fall 2010 Collection with NARS National Makeup Stylist Janice Daoud
Intrinsically Florrie - Exploring the historic city of Bath in style.
Manda Bear - Fall Outwear Finds, Beauty Goodies and other Treasures.
Mis Papelicos - A first Ebay buy and what to look for when shopping online.
Oranges and Apples - A vintage wedding dress on a budget, plus some ideas for styling it.
Poetic and Chic - In which I spot the most beautiful pair of Louboutins and get inspired.
Pull your socks up! - What do you do with an inherited, precious and much-coveted family heirloom?
Retro Chick - Retro Style for Autumn: Lena Hoschek Autumn Winter 2010
Seven Deadly Cyns - Death by Cosmetics- the dangers of harmful ingredients in our beauty products and what you should look out for.
The Coveted - What to Wear to NYFW
The New Professional - How high is too high for heels in the office?
Wit & Whimsy - Designer on the Rise: Whitney Pozgay


Burberry Retail Theatre september 21st

Burberry is revolutionizing the concept of the runway show this september. The upcoming womens summer 2011 show, that is held in London on september 21st, will be brought to customers and buyers by the Burberry Retail Theatre.


There will be (invitation-only) In-store-Trunk-Shows with live-streaming to 25 Burberry stores in 15 countries worldwide. Participating flagship-stores are:

UK – New Bond Street, London
France – St. Germain, Paris
Germany – Berlin
Italy – Venice, Milan, Rome
USA – Boston, New York (57th St. und Soho), Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, San Francisco
Canada – Bloor St., Toronto
Dubai – Dubai Mall
Turkey - Istanbul – Istinye Park
India – Mumbai
Japan – Omotesando, Tokio
China – Oriental Plaza Peking, Shanghai Westgate
Hongkong – Alexandra House
Taiwan – Mitsukoshi
Singapur – Ion Orchard
South korea – Galleria

Customers can order the items right from the show and will receive them after only 7 weeks, which means that they`ll be able to wear the summer collection in the end of november already, long before it hits the stores.


As a global, digital event the show can also be seen in a livestream on, your cell-phone, iPad or iPhone. You can also comment it in real-time on Facebook and Twitter.