DRAMA AND ROMANCE: Known for exquisite tailoring and a flair for drama, Alexander McQueen always delivers unforgettable runway moments.
Last spring, creative director Sarah Burton added her romantic spin on sailor style, with tattoos — mostly mermaids, anchors and compasses — printed on shirts’ collars and splashed across coats.
Avante-garde prints on signature tailored suits have become a McQueen signature. From the bright Matisse-inspired swirls from spring 2015 to fall 2015’s homage to uniform, featuring pinstripe suits printed with the words “honor,” “truth” and “valor.”
Always with her finger on the pulse and not afraid of a political statement, the label’s fall 2014 took place in a deconsecrated church and embraced the rebellious spirit sparked by Margaret Thatcher’s strict economic policies. The punkish collection included three-piece kilt suits and dramatic coats that were embroidered with peace poems by Oliver Bernard.
Others highlights included romantic lace pieces shown on a cobblestone catwalk underneath an abandoned railway track and a fall 2013 lineup where the classic met the perverse, as the models wore a series of traditional, tailored pieces while their faces were transformed to look plastic.