Hail to McQueen
Alexander McQueen debuts a new store concept with its Bal Harbour boutique.
August 29, 2012
A fantastical look from McQueen’s Fall/Winter runway
One of the world’s most talked-about labels arrived in the Magic City this summer when the Alexander McQueen boutique opened its doors. The London-based label is positioning this nearly 700-square-foot Bal Harbour flagship as the kickoff of a new store concept for the brand, based on ideas conceived by the late designer and Sarah Burton, the woman long by his side, who ultimately took over the creative direction of the house. In keeping with the eccentric-meets-artful aesthetic that has come to be associated with McQueen, the store’s décor finds inspiration in the unexpected. “It’s very McQueen to see something from a distance and think it’s one thing, and then to look up close and discover something else,” Burton notes. And while it’s all too easy to wax rhapsodic over the often-fantastical creations Burton sends down the McQueen runway, the label’s commercial Fall collection, newly arrived in stores, is highly wearable— as i s the house’s must-have bag of the season, the aptly named Heroine. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-2839
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