Sarah Burton, undoubtedly the designer of the moment, travelled straight from London, where she dressed Kate Middleton on her wedding day, to New York for the Met ball which celebrates the life of her predecessor, Lee McQueen. In spite of the fact that she must want to retreat to her bed for about six months, Burton was out yesterday afternoon at a meet and greet at the Alexander McQueen concession at Saks Fifth Avenue where she seemed, according to WWD, ‘personable [and] unhurried’.
Though the guests were asked not to talk to Burton about The Dress, one cheeky minx – a certain Norah Lawlor – revealed that she couldn’t resist asking the designer a few questions. ‘She said the princess was one of the most lovely women she has ever met and she was really low maintenance.’ Norah told WWD. She added that ‘she said the palace called her and the collaboration between her and Kate was 50-50.’
Also in attendance was Meredith Viera, (the States’ answer to Fiona Bruce) who was there as a shopper rather than as an interviewer. Also talking to WWD after the meet and greet, Viera said she was struck by how modest Burton was about her design, saying ‘she immediately deflected the attention from her to the men’, telling her ‘all the men looked amazing’ after Viera complimented her on her design. She added that Burton ‘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.’ (Which Grazia Daily totes spotted.) She also told her that her next plan was ‘to take a nice vacation.’ Sounds like a good plan – Grazia Daily literally cannot IMAGINE how tired the lovely Ms Burton must be.
- Alex Butt