Top Ten Collections: Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen
Sarah Burton's McQueen show was the ticket of the season. Would she do justice to her mentor's extraordinary legacy? Could she demonstrate her own point of view? Yes and yes. With its tail coats, bum-sters, and molded butterfly-wing dresses, this collection was unmistakably McQueen, but softer, warmer, and ultimately, perhaps, friendlier to retailers. And the craftsmanship would have stood out even without the backstory. By the end, half the crowd was tearing up, and the other was on its feet cheering a daunting job very well done.

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