Sarah Burton did it again! The woman is a superhero, in the last weeks before her twins are due to arrive she was putting the finishing touches on her sublime Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Inspired by ecclesiastical dress, she spoke backstage of researching “the low church, puritans, nuns, and popes”. It is never more evident than in her closing number of a white gown and spectacularly ornate lace-covered cape or the black jacquard cropped cape with red trim over a black evening dress with mini train. It’s a collection of stately shapes and whose elaborate detailing rivals the output of Paris’ couture houses.
It begins with cassock-like black velvet coats with nipped waists, flared laser-cut hems with poufs of cotton emerging from underneath, prints reminiscent of rorschach tests, and surplice-inspired cotton shirts and shirtdresses. Then came the most perfect high-waisted wool flared pants – the standout topped off with a wool cape nipped at the waist – while knitwear featured jacquard stained-glass window patterns.
The evening portion begins with fur which is sculpted from fox, astrakhan, and shaved mink creating texture in a luxe white fur cloak and coats. The grandiose and stunning dresses could easily be seen on any red carpet – slim caped dresses, one black, one white, in which organza frills frame portholes through which lace bras can be seen – and the ivory “communion lace” dress caught up in panniers at the sides, while not quite the dress the Duchess of Cambridge wore, would make any bride feel like a princess none the less.
While Sarah is away having her babies McQueen’s fall March show in Paris will be scaled back to two small press presentations. But the woman with a fervent work ethic promises, “ it will be something quite different.” The woman knows no bounds!!