OMG, I've been trying not to salk the McQueen Twitter page all day to no avail. I caved and went into full on web stalker mode because today the Spring 2012 collection was exhibited at Paris Fashion Week. And heaven on earth was it so worth it. The collection is riciculous amazing gorgeous. It took Sarah Burton a little while to hit her stride with the house, but she has definitely hit it. I normally hate Spring collections, and while I always get that little giddy and uber excited feeling before a McQueen show I honestly wasn't expecting anything mindblowing... but my mind was totally blown! Everything about this collection is gorgeous, from the color palette of nudes and coral red and black to the the armor-like designs which evoked so strongly the pre-Burton era of McQueen when Lee himself ruled his brand.
The juxtaposition of the inviting ultra feminine with the hard edged aceents was inspired and done to perfection. It's easy to create a harsh juxtaposition of elements, but even harder to do it effortlessly and extremely well, which Burton has definitely done. (I'm obsessing over the shoes though, can not wait to see those in greater detail!) I'm so thrilled to not be disappointed but instead fall instantly in love with this collection. It's part of the reason why I fell in love with Alexander McQueen to begin with all those years ago - the collections inspired a viscreral reaction, and immediate pull, and instant desire to live momentarily in the world walking down the runway. I love having that feeling again.
To view the entire collection, visit New York Magazine!