By and  on November 8, 2010

The sophomore album is the trial-by-fire of the music world. In thefashion realm, it’s making a debut at the design helm of a well-known fashion house. That’s why hats were tipped to Sarah Burtonfor her spectacular stepping out as creative director of AlexanderMcQueen following the founder’s suicide earlier this year. Accordingto Sarah Rutson, fashion director at Hong Kong-based LaneCrawford, Burton “did the impossible, filling almost an unfillablepair of shoes.” Beyond being faithful to McQueen’s DNA with herode to paganism and high craft, the 35-year-old put her own stampon the runway collection—and an extensive showroom offering.

“We are completely behind it and want to bring Sarah Burtonout to present the collection with a trunk show,” Rutson said.Having spent her entire 14-year fashion career at the elbowof McQueen, Burton learned plenty from her master, but is asunnier sort. “I don’t think it has to have as much angst in it. Ithink it will be softer,” she said of her approach.

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