New McQueen Collection

Mimi ON Sep 29, 2010 AT 9:46 am

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton says her debut solo womenswear collection for Alexander McQueen will be “softer” than what the label is used to.

The designer was named as the new creative director of the brand earlier this year – following the tragic suicide death of Alexander McQueen in February – says her new range will not carry the fashion house’s signature darkness.

Sarah Burton goes lighter for Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton goes lighter for Alexander McQueen

She said: “I don’t think it has to have as much angst in it. I think it will become softer. There will always be this McQueen spirit and essence. But, of course, I’m a woman so maybe more from a woman’s point of view.

“There’s always got to be some darkness, because otherwise you don’t appreciate what’s light. I’ve had a training in darkness, but I don’t feel that it’s necessarily a personal thing to me. I’m a bit lighter.”

Sarah – who had been the right-hand aide of McQueen, real name Lee, for the past 16 years – also said she doesn’t plan to compete with the late designer’s legendary theatrical shows.

She told WWD: “That was very much Lee’s territory – the spectacular show. In that way, I can’t try and pretend to be Lee.

“He was such a lovely man, and his mind never switched off. He was so important to me. You just wanted to make him happy, look after him. Although I felt that I protected him, now I feel that he protected me.”

The collection will launch on October 5th.

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