Let’s start Friday with a fun quiz. Who are the most powerful names in fashion at the moment? Sarah Burton (of Alexander McQueen)? Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx)? If you answered either of them, then go to the top of the class, or reward yourself with a cheeky coffee. If you answered someone else, then let us know who you think is ruling the fashion waves.
Sarah and Sara appear on Time magazine’s Time 100 List of the most influential people in the world. Yes, that’s right – the world! They’ve cornered fashion and branched out to take over the globe! According to Time, the 100 are ‘the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.’
I don’t know if Sara Blakely has changed the world but she has definitely changed the shapes of many. Her company now offers 200 products in 40 countries. And Sarah Burton can definitely be counted on for inspiration and entertainment. Her autumn/winter 2012 collection for McQueen is gorgeous. The blurb says the collection is about ‘a love story, a love of McQueen and a love of great British style’. Tartan, military, florals and tweed dominate the look with sharply tailored silhouettes and tiny nipped in waists.
As Sarah Jessica Parker has said of Sarah Burton: “She thinks about women and art and stories, weaves her tale into the future of fashion. On the runway she is inspired. And she creates the most beautiful and complex layers and simple, perfect lines.”
I have to agree. I’ve always been a massive fan of McQueen and Burton. However, if you can’t afford a piece by McQueen to celebrate Sarah Burton’s achievement, then why not opt for a Yippydada designer baby changing bag that channels the same themes? The Sea Breeze Baby Changing Bag is a perfect tribute to Burton’s success. Inspired by the British seaside, the swirling whites, blues and greys of this diaper bag echo the colour pallette of McQueen’s autumn/winter collection. Like McQueen’s designs this baby changing bag proves it’s possible to be both practical and fashionable.
Congratulations, Sarah, and thanks for flying the flag for British fashion.