Spring 2011 bag collections have already started to emerge for preorder on all of the major luxury retail websites, but some brands are quicker about having their items posted than others. I have yet to find any Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 handbags up for grabs, but I was able to find a few press pictures of the collection for our mutual enjoyment.

McQueen’s new creative director, Sarah Burton, only showed one bag during the line’s runway presentation, so finally getting to see these promo shots is enlightening indeed. Alongside the requisite fantastical skull clutches, the brand is also offering several pieces that look downright functional under their leather foliage. If these pieces are an indication of what is to come from the brand’s handbags, then Alexander McQueen certainly remains in capable hands. As if spring’s runway show even left any doubt.

Photos via Style.com.

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  • NiaBlue

    Love it, grace n darkness.

  • reneeo

    Wow, I’m lovin it!

  • Vitta

    Love this brand and what they do with form and function. Real quality – love it! I also like the style.com website – a great source of quality information.

  • qudz104

    how AWESOME is that first clutch? lovelovelove!

  • bia

    These look more like art pieces than wearable handbags. With the exception of the bottom two, I wouldn’t wear any of them but I’d frame them and put them up.

  • 19yearslater

    Every one of these is gorgeous and the only one I wouldn’t love to own is the fringe clutch.

  • chloehandbags

    That first clutch, especially, is amazing! :D

  • Staci

    Amanda, the first clutch is beautiful!!!

  • annabelle

    these are so gorgeous…

  • aisha

    love these clutches especially the black one that is woven with the gold skull on top just beautiful :) (ipad)

  • CL

    that white crossbody has my name written all over it!! (ipad)

  • Vanessa

    These are gorgeous and I am amazed at the attention to detail. That being said, I can’t say that I would carry any of these or any Alexander McQueen creation for that matter. Nice eye candy though!

  • Kara

    Gorgeous and I like the RM nikki looking bag (ipad)

  • Hanh N

    Gorgeous bags!!! (ipad)

  • Dray

    Love the clutches. (iPad)

  • Cherry

    The gold clutch looks absolutely gorgeous! (ipad)

  • Smith

    ohmigoodness these are BANANAS. RIP alex mcqueen. i can’t believe it’s almost been a year ::tears:: (ipad)

  • Chells

    The darkness of these bags are simply gorgeous. (ipad)

  • Mae

    She’s so beautiful~ (ipad)

  • Nicole

    Oh girl, the finger slots in that clutch are fierce!

    (ipad)

  • Deb

    These capture the asthetic of Mcqueen very well, especially the first gold clutch. I’d love to slip my fingers in one eventually (ipad)

  • DTKC

    Very daring. Love it! (ipad)

  • Candace

    I am in love with #1 and #3. I’m looking for a great clutch, maybe one of those two is it! (ipad)

  • Emily

    Love love love! the crossbody bags! and the first clutch with the knuckle ring is AMAZINGG!

  • Emily

    Love love love! the crossbody bags! and the first clutch with the knuckle ring is AMAZINGG! (ipad)

  • wendy

    Interesting. I like the hobo. (ipad)

  • Maggie

    Like the top one! Very cool and unique! (ipad)

  • Valerie

    Love it though I could never pull this off! (ipad)

  • ingrid

    although lee mcqueen is gone, i’m very glad that his spirit lives on in his brand! (ipad)

  • Lilac

    I love all the detailing in the purses. They’ve even managed to make a classic leather hobo pop out without making it look tacky. (Ipad)

  • Shannon

    The gold clutch, and the Union Jack clutch look like pieces of art, simply gorgeous. And I NEED that hobo in my life, so pretty!! (ipad)

  • Joann

    love the handle detailing on the first clutch .. would like this more if the clutch didnt have detailing.

    my favorite is the one right below it! (ipad)

  • Antonia

    I love the gold clutch! (ipad)

  • Miriam

    I’d love to have the hobo! (ipad)

  • Sara

    I think that Sarah Burton y stepping on safe ground, the bags and the spring collection are nothing new, she gave Alexander´s creations a bit of a twist and presented them for spring. I like the bags but they didn´t come as a surprise. (ipad)

  • Ivana

    I love the fringe clutch and i kinda like that she kept McQueen’s designs, just slightly changed them :)
    They need to be here for awhile,so beautiful
    (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Yes! I was really hoping that there would be a great knuckle buster design for next year and this does not disappoint! (ipad)

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    I can substitute this as a weapon for protection if someone hassles me on the subway! (ipad) :-)

  • Kellisa

    I die over the gold clutch. DIE. So amazing. (ipad)

  • Andrea

    The first clutch and the black crossbody will be mine (ipad)

  • Nadia Segers

    wow! :D (ipad)
    nadia-segers@hotmail.com

  • Sonya

    edgy. Luvs it. (ipad)

  • Lanier

    These clutches are not only handbags — they are art! (ipad)

  • Letícia

    She really is doing a terrific job. I didn’t think anyone would be able to pull it off but it’s obvious that she has an enormous respect and understanding of Mr. McQueen’s work. The golden one is just out of this world. (ipad)

  • XXAL

    the gold leaves are very well executed.. but it would be difficult to match no? nevertheless, its very pretty. (ipad)

  • heather

    I agree with Leticia, these bags are artfully done, McQueen is there…(ipad)

  • Melissa

    the first clutch is pure golden perfection! (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    That one with the brass knuckles is so out there but you’ve got to respect the man. (ipad)

  • Melissa

    I will own one of the knuckle clutches one day. gorgeous pieces, completely in line with McQueen’s vision. (ipad)

  • Cate

    that first clutch is beyond incredible-LOVE! (ipad)

  • Shana

    Love the first bag!(iPad)

  • Erik

    I think Sarah does the brand justice, the skull clutches are amazing! (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I really like these! They would be bring such an edge to a little black dress (ipad)

  • Alyssa

    Before McQueen, I was never a fan of skulls. Now, I can’t think of any clutch I want more than one of his skull clutches. (iPad)

  • Kat

    That black Union Jack clutch is my favorite.

    http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com
    (ipad)

  • Diana

    Love the clutch!! (ipad)

  • Anna

    My sister loves these!!! (ipad)

  • Jigsaw

    I’ve always wanted an alexander mcqueen clutch! (ipad)

  • Mel

    Such a great artist (ipad)

  • VSOP

    a legend gone too soon (ipad)

  • Dominic

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these, McQueen is currently topping my list of favorite designer brands. Fingers crossed for a new twist on their classic skull scarf! (ipad)

  • Lara

    So sad that his bags live on and not such a great talent. (ipad)

  • EvaKnox

    Gotta write an article about these beauties….

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  • Amy

    love the detail on the first clutch <3 (ipad)

  • lil

    like them ALL (ipad)

  • Limey

    it’s too busy looking for me (ipad)

  • greenpixie

    I love love love the foliage element on these bags. That first clutch is amazing. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Just as lovely as the shoe collection! (ipad)

  • Adrienne C

    R.I.P. Alexander McQueen! (ipad)

  • Ci

    The gold clutch is just soooo fabulous!!! (Ipad)

  • Sass

    I love these. I need to get more clutches in my life. (ipad)

  • Beth

    I would LOVE to own a McQueen bag…le sigh (ipad)

  • Marion

    This feels very much like a McQueen bag. I think Burton is following its spirit very well. (ipad)

  • Michelle

    If I ever want brass knuckles built into my clutch for self defense, I’m definitely buying the gold one! iPad

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I like #4. (ipad)

  • Michelle

    Correct format (ipad)

  • Redo My Shoe

    I think AM is getting too crazy with their embellishment. I do love number 3, though.

    http://redomyshoe.blogspot.com/

  • rachael

    they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I want them ALL!!! (ipad)

  • Jen

    I love McQueen clutches!! I mean LOVE. Too bad I could never afford one. (ipad)

  • Lianne

    I like the skull clutch (a very subtle go at the union jack), and the black bag with the leaf detail is gorgeous. (ipad)

  • Jazz

    Yeesh! (ipad)

  • swtcadence

    I seriously think I gasped in awe seeing that first one! (ipad)

  • kmroboto

    i love that first clutch! it’s so ladylike and badass at the same time! (ipad)

  • patricia treml

    ahhhhh! the small clutches just kill me! I am lusting after them so badly!! (iPad)

  • jen

    only digging the first one (ipad)

  • LDJ

    OMG! I love the clutch and Im not a huge fan of clutches. And the handle. OMG, as if you could knock someone out with that bad boy. LOL (ipad)

  • Raventress

    Extremely innovative design. Proves that skulls do not necessary mean goth. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    OMG — I LOVE IT!!! (iPad)

  • Scott Martin

    Before McQueen, Who would ever incorporate skulls. . (iPad)

  • Christine

    Love this clutch! (ipad)

  • Roya

    Those McQueen skull clutches never cease to amaze me. I’m happy that Sarah is keeping the brand spirit alive. (iPad)

  • footnotegirl

    Oh.. oh my gosh, those leaves on that first one are just so gorgeous. I wish I had something like that in September. (ipad)

  • Fiel

    The fringe clutch is to die for!!! (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    such elegant skulls on that first clutch! (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    I really like these! They would be bring such an edge to a little black dress (ipad)

  • Sue E

    And Alexander McQueen lives…(ipad)

  • tadpolenyc

    the more i see them, the more i want one of the clutches. (ipad)

  • nini

    The first one looks really gaudy. (ipad)

  • Bettye

    I just can’t get past the skulls. (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    As time goes on, his bags will only be more coveted. (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    MCQUEEN FEVER (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    GREAT CLUTCH TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR (ipad)

  • ariancita

    I would really like to see these in person, especially the first one! (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Alexander McQueen is not my personal style, but I appreciate the creativity and love how the new designers have kept McQueen’s aesthetic.

  • Wendy

    I love those last two bags and look forward to more. (ipad)

  • prettybird

    I love the leaf design deatails! (ipad)

  • jaffa

    I love the black stitched Union Jack skull clutch! (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    Not a fan at all of the last two, with lacing, but the others are interesting. I’d need to see and feel them IRL. (ipad)

  • PrincessGarnet

    These are beautiful! I’m not a fan of the four finger rings on the gold clutch, though. But the details are exquisite. I love the leaf details and the skulls resting on top of the four rings. Gorgeous.

    I like that hobo too, but the shape reminds me of a Rebecca Minkoff nikki with the resin handle. Still pretty, though. I would love to see this collection in person someday. (iPad)

  • carlinha

    i am obsessed with AMQ skull clutches, and i hope to get a knuckle duster this year!!! DROOL DROOL DROOL (IPAD)

  • Jessie

    I covet anything Alexander McQueen in general, but knuckle-duster clutches take me to another place completely. Love. (ipad)

  • Caroline

    That leaf clutch is stunning! (ipad)

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  • Rae

    Adore!!! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Love the color! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Perfect size clutch! (ipad)

  • Maya

    As always, wonderful McQueen offerings! (iPad)

  • marianne shaw

    so much hard work must have gone into producing this amazing artisic creation.Truly an amazing bag.[opad]

  • Paul

    Words fail me. (ipad)

  • Pearl

    Really pretty (ipad)

  • Trae

    This reminds me more of a fall bag. (ipad)

  • Kasey

    These are not my personal style, but I can see how some would go crazy for them! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    WOW (ipad)

  • Jill

    looove the clutch (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    Ok, that took me some time to pick up my jaw.
    Loveeee the skull-knuckles-thingy! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    Way to go Sarah Burton!
    U made me almost forgot to text (ipad) .. Almost ! (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    i think Sarah Burton is doing a beautiful job of carrying on the line – distinctly McQueen but also clearly her work. (ipad)

  • nicole

    these bags are so mcqueen! i love it! i am in love with the gold clutch (ipad)

  • Jo-Anne

    I cant help but think of Julius Caesar when looking at the gold clutch. (iPad)

  • Mash

    The gold clutch is calling out to me! (ipad)

  • Joshia

    Love the gold one. (ipad)

  • Lisa

    wouldn’t fit an iPad

    • chloehandbags

      LOL!

      Why do virtually all of these comments here have ‘(ipad)’ written after them?

      Are we supposed to believe that the vast majority of commenters on this blog are on ipads? Or is something else going on, I wonder?

  • Cindy

    That featured gold bag w/the knuckle ring type of handle looks tacky. :P I’m not a big McQueen fan, though the black hobo seems cool. (ipad)

  • felicia

    i’m in love with the first clutch!! (ipad)

  • Kelly

    The gold-leaf clutch is STUNNING! (iPad)

  • Sadahe

    why does everything have to have a skull on it? This is so over… (ipad)

    • chloehandbags

      The skull is a signature element of Alexander McQueen designs and was long before skulls became particularly fashionable, once again (probably, largely due to his designs).

      I don’t think you can expect a design house to give up their signature elements, just because they may go in and out of fashion, from time-to-time.

      Also, a lot of people (including me, to a certain extent!) like to wear skulls and have done so for years and I imagine most of them probably won’t want to just abandon their signature look, simply because of the vagaries of fashion?

  • Kate

    That gold clutch is beyond perfection!!! (iPad)

  • Tiffany

    I love the fringe clutch! (ipad)

  • Annais Bags

    The look, the feel, the style, the emotion of wearing a Alexander McQueen piece is total Brit Rock Glamour.
    His skulls are superb, this one featured on the gold! clutch is beautifully detailed, it reminds of the French romantic Père Lachaise cemetery, bones skulls flowers and leaves, all a bit withered.

  • Jennifer

    The detailing is always AMAZING on McQueens clutches. (IPad)

  • Maxo

    love the color, love the leaf design! (ipad)

  • Tina

    The first photo (the gold clutch) is TO DIE FOR! (iPad)

  • H

    argh i wish i could afford the gold clutch, too perfect! (ipad)

  • pinoytripper

    its a heavy bag not so classy…

  • pinoytripper

    its very fit for (iPad)

  • Dilettante

    It seems Mcqueen’s legacy lives on indeed (ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I would love to have one of his clutches in my collection. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The details are amazing! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    So sexy (ipad)

  • Jane H.

    The last two bags seem a bit juvenile to be a part of McQueen’s line for some reason but the others are amazing!!!!! (ipad)

  • Annie

    how clever to incorporate the clutch’s skull motif as rings! it would be so interesting to see someone with a clutch like that. (ipad)

  • Sabrina

    Gorgeous pieces! I want them allll :D (ipad)

  • Sheila

    OMG, all of them are gorgeous. I want ‘em all! LOL (ipad)

  • Kathy

    amazing! wish I could afford one

  • Lynda

    i love the clutches (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Can’t stop thinking about the clutch (ipad)

  • zo

    anything mcqueen won’t go wrong! ( ipad )

  • Merve

    To be honest there isnt that much of a new take on the clutches (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    Beautiful clutches. It still makes me sad that he’s gone. (ipad)

  • swati

    The knuckle duster clutch is just so gorgeous. i can imagine it against a plain black sheath dress. (ipad)

  • honeycem

    Super haute!

  • helen

    The skulls… (ipad)

  • Emma G

    great clutches (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i kind of like this, esp the ring piece wear they slot for the finger could easily grab on. (ipad)

  • shv209

    Beautiful!!

  • Ira Martin

    fabulous it’s so alexander (ipad)

  • Shell Hale

    I love love love love love love this bag! did i mention i love this bag? I’m surprised my keyboard is still working because of all the drool on it I love it so much. ipad

  • Heidi

    That gold clutch is absolutely amazing!! (ipad)

  • ken

    i love them the design for clutch

  • Sue

    As the expert in this area – would love to ask…where can I buy a black version of this clutch (the gold knuckle duster).  I regret not buying it in Milan last year and I don’t like the newer versions as much, they are softer.  Any ideas.  (I do have the bottom left one too – I love it!)