Mood board: Sarah Burton looked toward Scotland’s Shetland Islands – a rough and tough yet exquisitely beautiful landscape – for her spring collection at Alexander McQueen. That same duality – hard and soft, brutal yet beautiful – was on display in her clothes that mixed the romanticism of softly tiered laced dresses with the gritty edge of black leather and savage-looking carpets of jagged silver studs.

Best in show: Her gossamer thin lace was lovely on maiden gowns, but things heated up when Burton morphed the look from plain pearly white to intricate multi-colored crochets on flip-skirt cocktail dresses.

Finishing touches: The clothes may have been at the pinnacle of refinement but the extras were all hard as nails. The models all wore combat boots, motorcycle boots or riding boots, all flat, all black, all covered with hard metal studs and shiny cap toes. Thick gladiator belts came jingling with studs, while enormous chandelier earrings gave the whole urban look a dressed up flair.

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