The woods are lovely, dark and deep — and teeming with tailored clothing, tartan and party dresses. Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton presented her McQ collection on a bed of autumnal leaves, and with a full forest set in the background. While it may not have been what the poet Robert Frost had in mind, it was beautiful — and slightly creepy. This was the first McQ runway show since the brand took the collection — which launched in 2006, and will be getting its own stand-alone store on London’s Dover Street in the spring — in-house. The polished, elegant clothes popped with McQueen signatures, including Black Watch tartan for coats with cinched waists and full skirts, as well as kilts for men. There was a powerful military feel, too, in the form of two-tone wool great coats and belted skirt suits. The evening dresses were dramatic: Some had full Fifties skirts and flourishes of velvet and tulle, while other, shorter ones were adorned with bright flowers or tone-on-tone embroidery.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep — and teeming with tailored clothing, tartan and party dresses. Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton presented her McQ collection on a bed of autumnal leaves, and with a full forest set in the background. While it may not have been what the poet Robert Frost had in mind, it was beautiful — and slightly creepy. This was the first McQ runway show since the brand took the collection — which launched in 2006, and will be getting its own stand-alone store on London’s Dover Street in the spring — in-house. The polished, elegant clothes popped with McQueen signatures, including Black Watch tartan for coats with cinched waists and full skirts, as well as kilts for men. There was a powerful military feel, too, in the form of two-tone wool great coats and belted skirt suits. The evening dresses were dramatic: Some had full Fifties skirts and flourishes of velvet and tulle, while other, shorter ones were adorned with bright flowers or tone-on-tone embroidery.

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