After the death of Alexander McQueen, the world was unsure weather or not Sarah Burton would be able to continue the legacy of his famed avant-garde style.
Now, a year and a half later, Sarah Burton has designed gowns for Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and even Kate Middleton's famed wedding dress. As far as her designs in McQueen's namesake, it seems her 14 years served as McQueen's assistant have certainly helped her to understand outlandish style.
In an industry where people go out of style quicker than last month's trends, it's hard to keep track of who's who (and more importantly, who's no longer a who) in the fashion world. Here's a look at 5 new, and some not so new, designers that look like they're here to stay.
For Resort 2012, Alexander McQueen brought us luxurious, romantic fabrics; velvet, embroidery and brocade (said to have been inspired by Isabelle Adjani in La Reine Margot, the late designer's favorite film). Sarah Burton, who has taken over since McQueen's untimely departure, has been revered for bringing a softer, feminine touch to the collection while still maintaining the fierce structure McQueen is renowned for.
When we saw this black, silk floor-length dress adorned with gold embellishment, we almost fainted. It's one of those dresses a girl could die for (and the price would probably kill us). So if you want to get the luxurious McQueen look, that's a bit more realistic to wear (and buy) we got ya covered! Introducing our new section: Runway to Real Way -where we take looks right off the runway and recreate them into affordable, wearable versions. Yes, you'll be coming back for more!
Add an updo, smokey eyes or red lips and you're all McQueened out!
As resort season arrives, we begin to see the first of this year's Resort Collections. So far, we're loving Cynthia Steff, Jenni Kayne, and Yves Saint Laurent's contributions. However, our favorite trends lie in the collections of Michael Kors and the late Alexander McQueen. In both collections, we see loud prints, bold lines, and neons in bright pops of orange, pink, yellow, and electric blue.
Now that the McQueen line is in-house and all creative decisions are overseen by Sarah Burton, we didn't know quite what to expect from the first Resort Collection created in the famous designer's namesake. The runway show not only debuted the collection itself, but it also gave a first look at McQueen's first handbag line as well as the recently launched footwear collection.
From the runway:
The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).
2. For the "everyday" girl: Abercrombie, ‘Kylie’ dress ($68 at Abercrombie)
Fashion moves fast; do not get left behind. The LWD is the season's hottest trend, but it may become your fierce new closet staple.