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MUM’S THE WORD: All eyes — and cell phone cameras — were on Sarah Burton Tuesday afternoon when she popped into Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship for a meet-and-greet in the Alexander McQueen shop.
Personable, unhurried and looking no worse for the wear after what has unquestionably been a work week like no other, Burton chatted with guests about the Costume Institute gala, the Met’s new McQueen exhibition and the dress she designed for Catherine Middleton. Even though some guests had been told not to ask anything about the royal wedding, a few could not resist. Ann Lawlor, one of the first to have a word with Burton, said, “She said the princess was one of the most lovely women she has ever met and she was really low maintenance. She said the palace called her and the collaboration between her and Kate was 50-50.”
When asked about her own career plans, Meredith Vieira, who was there as a client not as an interview seeker, said she may very well stay on at NBC in some capacity. As for Burton, Vieira was struck by how modest the designer was about her résumé-topping feat. When Vieira praised Burton for her work, the designer quickly said, “All the men looked amazing.”
“She immediately deflected the attention from her to the men,” Vieira said afterward. “She said she loved the secrecy of it until she kind of blew it by running into the Goring Hotel wearing a fur hood, which was from the last collection.”
Burton told Vieira that one of her next moves would be “to take a nice vacation.”
As an ardent Burton supporter for years, Saks’ president and chief merchandising officer Ron Frasch did so without the monarchy’s approval. “Even if Sarah hadn’t done the dress, it wouldn’t make any difference to us because what she does, she does so exquisitely,” he said. “She deserves all the accolades she been receiving. She has been the force there for years.”
Saks will keep the spotlight on McQueen with a trunk show planned at the New York store Tuesday and at the Beverly Hills store Thursday and Friday.