Sarah Burton


The Butterflies & Warriors of The Alexander McQueen FW2018 Collection

Alexander McQueen creative directors over the years have shown an uncanny understanding of how to wrap fabric around a woman, colorfully, beautifully, and lavishly without being garish.

For the Fall/Winter 2018 collection from Paris Fashion Week, creative director Sarah Burton, who has been with the fashion house since 1996, showed a variety of styles that seemed to be transitional or in a state of metamorphosis. She seemed to take inspiration from the role women increasingly play in today’s society, where they have to be transitional from the home to the office to the boardroom and back to the home.

I feel the looks from the FW2018 can be characterized into three broad categories: the butterfly, the formal, and the warrior looks.

The most captivating were the butterfly looks, largely designed around pink hues and flowing fabrics. The warrior looks bring to mind the essence of the Dora Milaje of Wakanda in the Black Panther movie.

Meanwhile Liya Kedebe totally killed it with a look that seemed a hybrid of the butterfly and warrior looks.


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Fun fact: Sarah Burton designed Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April of 2011.


David Bowie was a renaissance man ahead of his time. His understanding of music, fashion, technology and culture are almost without equal. He saw quickly the way the internet would completely change the world, and he saw the influence of fashion on culture. His influence went beyond the stage and infused the catwalk. Let’s look at three designers who happily soaked up all they could from David Bowie.


Raf Simons: Dior Couture Spring 2015
Raf Simons’ was an avid admirer of David Bowie. And, so his Spring 2015 Couture Show for Dior was driven by his respect for David Bowie. Raf Simon’s said of David Bowie “He’s a chameleon, able to reinvent himself, but he’s also the materialization of something else. More than a man—an idea.”

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Diane von Furstenberg – Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear
As Diane von Furstenberg described it, the Fall season started “with David Bowie when he was young, and me when I was young.”

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013
Sarah Burton, The creative director of Alexander McQueen, like Diane von Furstenberg had a personal connection with David Bowie. She worked with him when Lee McQueen designed a Union Jack frock coat for the cover of his Earthling album in 1997. For her inspiration she went back to “Bowie at his most creatively and visually extreme in the mid-seventies,” as described by Vogue. “The anchor of the new lineup was the trouser suit, in a masculine/feminine iteration that led Burton inevitably to David Bowie’s door,” Vogue continued.