Autumn-Winter 2011/12 – It had been a year since Sarah Burton took over the house of McQueen and this collection showed that Burton was well and truly in control. The show was the pinnacle of brilliantly constructed clothes which displayed the intricate craftsmanship of the team. The collection was bird-like with the soft feathers, the hardened body and the silver metallic skull caps. The opening was like the arrival of the snow queen: Freja in a white tweed suit with fur accents and zips which opened pleats around the skirt. The white turned to grey with suits displaying a knitted fur and raw edged chiffon. Black leather was high on the agenda with leather harnesses sitting stiffly over the shoulders. White out make-up, spray-on leather leggings epitomised the McQueen style. This was whilst gothic platform shoes with jagged metal heels paid homage to a style that has symbolised the house of McQueen. Burton’s collection was as symbolic as ever.