BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The coats were stunning, the dresses equally so. And the lace finale gowns evoked a gothic beauty more commonly associated with a mainline McQueen collection. We're also thinking it might be about time we experimented with the thigh-high boot. The only thing we'd do without? The space-age updos.
F-ROW: Anna Wintour, Samantha Cameron, Salma Hayek, Natalie Massenet, Hamish Bowles, Harold Tilman, Hilary Alexander, plus every editor going: the fashion big guns.
VERDICT: A beautiful collection, with a suitably spectacular show, McQ really did live up to the hype. It was quite a sight to see the crowds of fashionistas exiting the show through the mysterious McQ forest (which even had a woodland fragrance) stopping to visit Kristen McMenamy in her cabin/bar and coming away with a glass of champagne. Doesn't get much more bizarre than that. But while the show had everyone gasping in awe, at no point did the theatrics overshadow the clothing - which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the collection. Bravo, Sarah Burton.
Check out the video below to get a better sense of the spectacle:View more from the McQ collection in the gallery below: