Spring-Summer 2012 – Now in her stride, Sarah Burton produced another show stopper during Paris Fashion Week. It was the quintessential McQueen, more of a theatrical display then a fashion show, with a dabble of S&M perversion. The models were incomprehensible upon entering the catwalk; their heads were bound in lace, and thereafter masked in a cluster of shells – purporting the pervasive aquatic theme of S/S. The masks symbolised the tailoring we have grown to love, and it was the tailoring that sculpted the silhouette for the show. Narrow skirts were pulled in tightly under moulded jackets, finishing with with a flick pleat of dip-dye gold, or a consummation of ruffles. Cute dresses pulled in at the waist before kicking out in a surge of ruffled tulle feathers. Maxi-dress were given a gothic twist dyed in deep black. It was innovation at its finest from the fashion genius.