alexander mcqueen f/w 2012

Sarah Burton's fall collection for Alexander McQueen is yet another tour de force. When Burton took over after Lee McQueen's tragic death, she was tasked with filling the biggest shoes in fashion - she has done so with grace, creating beautiful work that honors the house's legacy but constantly moves it forward.

For fall, she turned to the future for inspiration, but her's was a completely different take on the theme that also inspired some of her predecessor's most awe-inspiring work. "It’s futurism with softness, not cold futurism," she told WWD. "It’s looking forward in a completely positive way." Burton's view of the future is hyper-feminine and romantic. Cocoons of ruffles, laser cut ponyskin mounted on leather so it looks like lace, exaggerated sleeves, outsize feather hems, and fantasy tutu shapes - it's a future where the clothes move beautifully, almost as if they're living, breathing things. It's a future that takes your breath away. See the complete collection and watch the show here.

photos: WWD

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