In my opinion, when Sarah Burton took over, the designs lost all the mystery, and, well, savage beauty, that only a deep, tortured mind like McQueen could dream (or nightmare) up. Lately, the designs have taken a geometric turn, and they're all beautiful and creative, but they're just not McQueen. When I think McQueen, I think of never before seen, or imagined, elegant and beautiful, but not in the classical sense. There are no traditional silhouettes or styles, and yet it's not quite as plastic-y and (I hate saying this) dowdy as some other brands that also might be considered avant garde. Alexander McQueen is avant garde, but without being inelegant, or unpleasing to the eye.
But I feel with Sarah Burton, the fashion house has taken a different, happier maybe, route of creativity. I don't think that Ms. Burton should change her thought process, happiness, or become depressed to produce more tortured-looking ideas. It's a different person in charge and it only makes sense that it looks differently, so I can't complain really, but I do still mourn for the creations that died with the genius. I realize that the old, savagely beautiful Alexander McQueen might have been at the cost of a man's mind, soul, and life, and if that's what it takes to create such amazing shows, then by all means I am completely fine with this new Burton-McQueen hybrid.
|"There is no better designer than nature." McQueen knows what many other designers have yet to figure out.|