Sarah Burton, who oversees this contemporary collection in her role as creative director of the Alexander McQueen brand, mixed the dainty with the hard-edged in a lineup that hit all the right notes. Black plissé chiffon trousers with white plissé cropped tops and jumpsuits with drawstring waists had a soft edge, contrasting sharply with clear PVC belted jackets and shiny gold dresses and parkas with serious bling factor.
The lineup was heavy on black leather, too, which was paved with studs large and small or fashioned into biker jackets or A-line skirts. The palette was mostly black and white, with dashes of color coming via a fly-front pimento red car coat and a salmon pink chiffon blouse with ruffles at the waist. This collection will be the first to carry the new McQ branding, which features the McQ letters bookended by two thick black stripes. The brand is also set to open two stores this fall, in London’s Spitalfields and at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.