Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Early on, Lee Alexander McQueen cultivated a reputation as Britain’s baddest bad-boy designer. At 16, he’d ditched his schoolbooks and taken up a pair of scissors on Savile Row, and shortly thereafter, editor Isabella Blow snapped up his first effort in its entirety and swept the designer under her influential wing. However, the legendary designer passed away in 2009 and Sarah Burton, who’d worked alongside McQueen for 14 years, quietly took up her mentor’s mantle. Today, Burton, who is putting more of an accent on wearability, has grand plans for the label to appear with greater frequency in real-world wardrobes.