The McQ label always has a youthful, rebellious undercurrent — and for fall, creative director Sarah Burton didn’t miss a beat. Inspired by Tokyo’s Shinjuku district in the late Seventies and early Eighties, Burton captured the essence of the era’s post-punk dance and strip clubs.
Juxtaposing the sweet and the sadistic, the lineup channeled an innocent schoolgirl gone mad. There was some great leather, including a classic biker, a romper, a bat-wing top and loose-fitting cropped pants. Denim was also a staple, with Burton working a stiff Japanese denim into a maxiskirt. A classic pinafore dress got a makeover with bondage straps, while kimono florals decorated a Peter Pan collar dress and a floaty maxidress that echoed the Seventies.
Burton also offered plenty of McQ signatures, such as mannish tailored toppers and tartan-plaid coats. Accessories were strong, with glam-rock creepers, cross-stitch mary janes and over-the-knee boots with bondage corseting on the back completing the cute-but-crazy vibe.