Sarah Burton produced the first solo McQueen show at the Paris Fashion Week. Burton, who was McQueen’s right-hand woman before he committed suicide in February, had four months to produce and present a spring/summer collection; many wondered if she would remain faithful to the McQueen spirit and codes.
Which she clearly did!Just like McQueen, Burton used unexpected materials. Striking pieces included a straw dress with rows of sprouting wheat round the waist, a ballgown in ostrich feathers, one in peacock feathers and a short dress made from a collage of fake butterflies, with assorted butterfly-decorated stilettos.
After McQueen’s death in February, it was not clear if the brand would survive as the market was full of brands struggling to find a place after parting ways with their founder. The Gucci Group pledged to continue developing the McQueen brand after the designer's death and sought continuity by appointing Burton, who had worked with him since graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins.