In the realm of haute fashion, there are certain names that carry a certain mystique: One such label was Alexander McQueen, a House which has come to represent radical innovation and risk-taking in the fashion industry. Sarah Burton, in her role as Creative Director, took the company to new heights during her nearly fifteen years there. Her sudden departure from the prestigious label has prompted much introspection and anticipation.

After the unfortunate passing of McQueen in 2010, Burton assumed the role of Creative Director for the fashion house. During her time at Alexander McQueen, Burton’s exceptional talent, creativity, and dedication perpetuated the legacy of the brand’s founder, Lee Alexander McQueen. Throughout her tenure, she has effectively upheld the brand’s reputation for avant-garde designs, intricate craftsmanship, and pushing the boundaries of fashion.

Some notable menswear from her tenure at Alexander McQueen found on Vestiaire Collective:

One of Burton’s most notable contributions to the brand was her ability to seamlessly blend McQueen’s dark, theatrical aesthetic with a softer, more feminine touch. Her designs often featured intricate detailing, impeccable tailoring, and a romantic sensibility that resonated with consumers. It was under her direction that the brand saw an expansion into menswear, marking a significant milestone. Her menswear collections featured impeccably tailored suits, innovative fabrics, and unexpected details. The fashion world marveled at her ability to redefine masculinity through design, challenging traditional notions of men’s fashion.

Jumpsuit in Denim

Under Sarah Burton’s creative direction, the Alexander McQueen Men’s Jumpsuit in Denim showcases the brand’s fusion of rebellion and refinement. Crafted from denim for comfort and style, it exemplifies McQueen’s unique approach to modern masculinity. Shop here


Leather Lace-Up Boot

Infused with Sarah Burton’s creative flair, Alexander McQueen presents a Leather Lace-Up Boot that dares to stand out. The striking red colour and lightweight oversized rubber tread sole make a bold statement. With a textured rubber wrap, tonal Alexander McQueen signature, and a distinctive round-toe shape, this boot silhouette is adorned with fashionable details, including a rubber toe cap. [Shop here]

Paint-splattered lace-ups

Embracing Alexander McQueen’s rebellious spirit, these paint-splattered leather lace-ups, under the creative influence of Sarah Burton, make a bold statement. With the label’s signature chunky rubber sole providing both comfort and style, each step becomes a work of art. [Shop here]


Metal Cufflinks

Sarah Burton’s influence elevates the accessory game with Alexander McQueen’s Metal Cufflinks. These cufflinks, featuring the brand’s signature skulls in a luxurious gold finish, embody the perfect blend of sophistication and McQueen’s iconic edge. [Shop here]

Rose Pinstripe Long Sleeve Polo Shirt

Alexander McQueen’s Rose Pinstripe Long Sleeve Polo Shirt, influenced by Sarah Burton’s creative vision, marries classic elegance with a touch of rebellion. The subtle addition of small roses along the pinstripe pattern adds a distinctive McQueen flair to this sophisticated piece. [shop here]

Beige Trench Coat

Sarah Burton’s distinctive touch transforms the classic trench coat into a fashion statement with Alexander McQueen’s Beige Trench Coat. Featuring a bold McQueen Graffiti logo at the back, it’s adorned with horn buttons and a leather belt buckle, seamlessly fusing timeless sophistication with Burton’s edgy design sensibility. [Shop here]

Graffiti Logo-Applique Brooch

Sarah Burton’s creative influence shines through in Alexander McQueen’s Graffiti Logo-Applique Brooch. This silver masterpiece seamlessly blends the brand’s iconic graffiti-inspired design with her signature touch of rebellious elegance. [Shop here]


Influenced by Sarah Burton’s creative direction, Alexander McQueen’s Oxfords, crafted from premium leather in Italy, are grounded by a rugged sole, creating a striking menswear-inspired appearance. This vintage-inspired pair is subtly adorned with a debossed logo at the tongue, showcasing McQueen’s unique design approach. [shop here]

Twin Skull Bangle

Guided by Sarah Burton’s creative vision, the Twin Skull Bangle from Alexander McQueen, featuring a silver-toned brass construction, embodies the brand’s characteristic blend of edginess and refinement, reflecting the unique design sensibility synonymous with McQueen. [shop here]

written by.

Jonathan Ho

Managing Editor
Jonathan Ho might have graduated with a business degree but he thumbed his nose at commerce and instead opted for a harder life in journalism. He edits Augustman, a title he first joined when he became a writer after a career in advertising and now, earns a living writing commentaries on the luxury industry.
Sarah Burton departs Alexander McQueen but you can still grab these looks at Vestiaire Collective
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