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Editorial

Ancestral practices and rituals are always part of Sarah Burton’s work for Alexander McQueen, which this time focused on women’s milestones such as birth, christenings, weddings and funerals and, above all, sisterhood and saying it’s okay to be vulnerable and not have to be strong at all costs. The first look was significant: an asymmetric ivory knitted lace dress with puff sleeves, topped with a kind of blacksmith’s leather apron, i.e. tenderness and strength together. Burton took her team to the ancient monuments of Somerset and other parts of south-west England to see and feel the places before translating them into clothes and details. This produced the flowers painted, printed or jacquard-ed onto dresses with draped or stiff bodices, crinolines and belted waist or in total looks on trouser suits. A white trouser suit was worn with a high-necked broderie anglaise blouse falling to an asymmetric flounce, inspired by antique christening gowns.