Radar: Sarah Burton is named McQueen’s successor
The Gucci Group has remained mum this week as to whether Alexander McQueen's right hand woman would take over as creative director. However, WWD confirmed that a joint statement was released this morning stating Burton's position as creative director. Sarah Burton has been leading the successful women's collection for the past 12 years and seems a natural choice as successor to the McQueen thrown. Having met in 1996 and later becoming head of design for women's wear in 2000, Burton will make it a priority to stay true to her late friend's ethic. “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy”, she said in a statement.
Robert Polet, president of the Gucci Group, thought the choice was an easy one. “Sarah has real talent, a close understanding of the brand and the vision necessary to take it forward,” he said.
Sarah Burton seems like a seamless fit for the high-pressure position. Although she has a lot to live up to, she's shown a valued dedication to McQueen while developing his women's lines. Now she has the added task of executing his aesthetic across all his labels. Good luck to Sarah!