“There’ll always be a McQueen woman. She is a strong woman and she is a powerful woman, and when she puts a McQueen jacket on, she feels different. The way she stands is different. The way she moves is different. It’s almost like the clothes are slightly empowering.” — Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton has impossible shoes to fill. Her collection for Alexander McQueen fall 2012 has just aired, and, despite Burton’s above quote, it’s not the kind of empowering one might expect. Some will enjoy its Gaga-esque volume and futuristic detail; some, many, will be disappointed that it lacks the “strict elegance and dark beauty” typified by the brand. We’ll leave you to decide where you stand on fall’s offering, meanwhile enjoying this shoot of her pieces for McQueen’s spring 2012 line. Here the volume and femininity are balanced by strict elegance and dark beauty; lace head coverings turning a model into a faceless creature. Accompanying an interview between Burton and Sarah Jessica Parker, these shots are a stunning visual of spring’s dresses.

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Sarah Burton: Interview, March '12
Sarah Burton: Interview, March '12
Sarah Burton: Interview, March '12
Sarah Burton: Interview, March '12
Sarah Burton: Interview, March '12

Photographed by Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Templer, you can view more at the gallery above. Read the full interview with Sarah Burton here.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.