In a show that both honored tradition and looked boldly into the future, Sarah Burton bid a poignant farewell to Alexander McQueen as she presented her final collection for the iconic fashion house. With a deep-rooted connection to the brand and having worked alongside Lee McQueen himself, Burton’s tenure as creative director since 2010 has been marked by a profound understanding of the House’s legacy.
The Spring/Summer 2024 show opened with supermodel Kaia Gerber gracing the runway in a black, cinched mini dress with intriguing details like a keyhole neckline, slashed sleeves, and vibrant red heels. The collection, inspired by female anatomy, Queen Elizabeth I, the blood red rose, and the creativity of artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, paid homage to McQueen’s vision of empowering women. The iconic rose motif, a hallmark of the brand since its early days, took various forms throughout the collection, adorning leather dresses, crochet knits, flowy gowns, and statement earrings.
Burton’s masterful blend of design techniques was evident, ranging from form-fitting catsuits to tailored trench coats and ruffled maxi dresses. The runway showcased a harmonious mix of lace, metallics, and fringe, all paying tribute to McQueen’s signature styles. The color palette, predominantly black and crimson red with touches of white, gold, and silver, exuded sophistication and elegance.
Closing the show was legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell, donning a silver dress with a peplum corset bodice and fringe skirt. As Burton took her final bow, she received a standing ovation, acknowledging her profound impact on the brand. With this collection, Burton not only celebrated McQueen’s legacy but also carved a path forward, ensuring the House of Alexander McQueen continues to inspire and empower women in the years to come.