Elizabeth I Takes the Runway at Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton sent only 10 looks down the runway today--but she packed a LOT into those 10 looks. It's hard to say anything was lacking with such a stunning collection (and we weren't even there).
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Sarah Burton sent only 10 looks down the runway today--but she packed a LOT into those 10 looks. It's hard to say anything was lacking with such a stunning collection (and we weren't even there).
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Sarah Burton sent only 10 looks down the runway today--but she packed a LOT into those 10 looks. It's hard to say anything was lacking with such a stunning collection (and we weren't even there).

The show's small scale was due to the recent birth of Burton's twins--she made the setback into an exercise that yielded beautiful results.

With "the high church" as a theme (according to WWD), the collection referenced various religious iconography and recalled Queen Elizabeth I, communion gowns, cardinals' robes, and likely inspired connections to the Pope's resignation.

As we've come to expect from anything baring the name Alexander McQueen, these were more than just clothes, but veritable works of art with signature McQueen silhouettes and couture-like craftsmanship.

From piles of exquisite lace, to pearl-encrusted gowns, to what appear to be metal stockings that recalled last season's honeycomb pattern, we almost wonder if more than ten looks would have been too much of a good thing. Who could ask for more?

Photos: IMAXtree