>> The first glimpses of Sarah Burton's direction at Alexander McQueen came when she finished the label's Fall 2010 collection. Then, last week, she debuted her first men's McQueen collection on a pared-down runway — a notable departure from the late designer's usual show theatrics.
Now, a look at where she'll be taking the women's line: her first collection for the label as creative director, for Cruise 2011, just bowed. Inspired by Hans Bellmer's dolls and samurai warriors, Burton explained that she wanted to “juxtapose the pale and the delicate with the bold and armorial. It’s about a highly structured torso that gives way to a more fluid silhouette or drop waists that lead to a finned trouser or skirt.” WWD calls her point of view of the label "promising indeed," and the strapless red and black gown "a stunner."