Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011

Everyone knew that Sarah Burton's first collection for Alexander McQueen would be either a hit or miss, no middle ground. Everyone also knew that she possibly had the most difficult job you can imagine in fashion, given how specific the late McQueen's work was. This collection is an incredibly well-executed hotchpotch of his most successful designs. It doesn't bother me that it was clearly based on archives; rather, I'm happy to see that McQueen's vision has not been misappropriated in the least.

I believe that these designs provide a very good starting point for Burton; she's definitely the one person able to take the brand to another level and her next collection might surprise us even more than this one. What I appreciate the most about the clothes is that they have retained McQueen's sense of majesty, the characteristic that always set him apart from everybody else. You cannot copy it blindly; to create it, you first have to understand it.

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011

Photos from vogue.com