As everyone knows, the Alexander McQueen brand (with Sarah Burton now at the helm) is just getting hotter. Saks turned up the heat even more last week in New York . Sarah Burton made an exclusive first time U.S. personal appearance, the day after the big Met event (affectionately referred to as a PA) at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. The Winter McQueen 2011 collection was showcased before the invitation-only crowd. I was invited to her New York appearance and didn’t go! What was I thinking (again!)?
Then just a few days later it all moved West because of Saks’ special relationship with the House of McQueen. In Beverly Hills, the collection was shown to an intimate, hand-picked group. The Blonde & The Brunette‘s own Editor-At-Large, Susan Casden, hosted the intimate cocktail party and fashion show along with the President of Saks Fifth Avenue, Ronald Fresch. They even had one-of-a kind pieces from the McQueen archives on display. As for attire, the attendees turned out in force in a great array of current and classic McQueen.
If you had any doubts, the collection was the star of the evening. Sarah Burton has channeled the best of McQueen into a lighter, more wearable ready-to-wear collection with every piece as special as the next. Crowd favorites included the military, black-inspired day and evening wear, striking fuchsias, the spectacular evening gowns with beautiful draping, feathers and embroidery and the white confections that reconfirmed why Sarah Burton was the designer of choice for Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Applause !
A small, intimate dinner with the Saks team including the beloved Larry Bruce , Saks Merchandising Guru and John Cruz, GM of Beverly Hills, followed at Mr. Chow’s. Wow, what a night! Thank you, Susan. If you are interested in the collection, then put your reserves in now at Saks through their Saks Fifth Avenue Club.
– NJ, The Brunette