Burton’s McQueen Debut: Leather Leaves, Butterflies, and Jaw-Dropping Gowns

Sarah Burton's first collection since taking the helm at the label was everything a great McQueen collection should be: dazzling, exquisitely tailored, and entirely original.

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Sarah Burton's first collection since taking the helm at the label was everything a great McQueen collection should be: dazzling, exquisitely tailored, and entirely original.
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Burton had promised a collection that had less "angst" than Alexander McQueen's previous collections, and the focus on light was evident in the pale palette of many of the pieces.
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A luminous gold-and-white gown with a shredded, lightweight-looking skirt.
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An all-white suit at McQueen's Spring 2011 collection highlighted one of the benchmarks of the brand: pitch-perfect tailoring.
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A featherlight dress with warm tones that highlights one of the central themes of this McQueen collection -- innocent, countryside chic.
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Utterly McQueen: a short dress with wildly original tailoring and a decadent fabric.
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A great example of Burton 'lightening' McQueen -- the contrast of a structured jacket with a diaphanous skirt, all in a lush printed floral.
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One of Burton's moodier pieces for McQueen features the trademark nearly couture-level attention to detail that the label boasts: The bodice of the dress is simply dazzling.
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More moody McQueen, with a peasant girl-inspired neckline and sleeves.
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Another great example of Burton's attention to detail: The mane of a collar on a gilded, embroidered coat.
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The exaggerated silhouette on this short dress is signature McQueen, and the imaginative detail of a cluster of butterflies at the collar is just brilliant.
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Like something out of a dream: A farmhouse-meets-tribal gown with a skirt covered entirely with spectacular feathers.
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Little black leather feathers, perfectly arranged into a deconstructed asymmetrical dress.
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Of course, it wouldn't be McQueen without lust-worthy shoes: In this show, these studded boots were a stand-out.
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The boots were also rendered in a more angelic white.
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Lastly, it wouldn't be McQueen without some serious star wattage upin the front row: Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault created a flashbulb frenzy.
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