ALEXANDERMCQUEENFor the past few seasons, designer Sarah Burton has been giving fashion goers a womenswear proposition that favored a harder, more protective approach. Women who are not easily wooed or in need of rescue. The collection that looked like an antique fairytale picture book.

With that concrete back story in mind, Burton had a field day creating a collection that unabashedly celebrated the distressed beauty of fil coupe jacquards; the dovetailing of lace and tulle; and the sweet, yet resilient, blending of leather with organza.