alexander-mcqueen-graphic.jpg ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Double layered collar dress ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Waistcoat jacket ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Raised shoulder dress ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Lace open-shoulder dress ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Folklore open shoulder dress ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Union Jack crystal clutch ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Diamante box clutch


Amongst the copious speculation and hype surrounding Kate Middleton's wedding dress, we thought we'd take a closer look at Alexander McQueen's mainline offering, headed by designer of the moment Sarah Burton. If you're thinking of investing in any designer this season, no doubt Alexander McQueen will be top of your list so we've selected a few of our favoured fashion pieces for your inspiration.

Romantic, but determinedly contemporary, Alexander McQueen's SS11 collection hosts an array of lust worthy items, which makes our pick of the best a somewhat trickier task than first thought.

The first item I deem well worth investment is the leather waistcoat jacket above. The definition of versatile; this could be layered upon each season's fresh trends year after year. And if you take the cost per wear into consideration you're looking at a real bargain here!

Next comes the open shoulder dress in opulent lace and a contemporary bohemian print offering both expert tailoring and a tough architectural look.

Following that, my favourite item is the dramatically tailored dress; a unique combination of a sumptous feminine silhouette with an avant-garde twist - something only handful of designers produce. Of course, I may have been lured in by the raised shoulder detail as seen on Pippa Middleton's maid of honour dress (cue a new summer trend).

Finally, how appropriate to close on something so iconically British. These super luxe box clutches are symbolic of a truly Brit designer, which we're happy to see being celebrated in all its glory.

If, like a certain new royal, I were lucky enough to have endless fashion resources, designers and funds at my fingertips, I'm willing to bet my choice would be similar to Kate Middleton's. If you want a closer look at any of the selections in our pick of the best, click on each item above to buy.