The latest Alexander McQueen men’s collection was a stunning display of Victorian refinement and Art Nouveau charm. Under the direction of Sarah Burton, the collection highlighted the signature sharp tailoring that McQueen is known for, but with an added touch of nature-inspired elements.
Models dressed in high-waisted trousers, tops that resembling corsets, and elegant topcoats that exuded sophistication. Some of the pieces were truly sculptural, such as a navy blue trench with a cinched waist and a flared skirt.
As viewers took a closer look, they were delighted by the collection’s hidden surprises and luxurious details. Some of the seemingly buttoned-up jackets were slashed open at the back, revealing either a white shirt or bare skin. Others were adorned with jet or garnet beads, formed into intricate orchid designs. Orchids were a recurring theme throughout the collection, appearing as a black and white photo print on a cream cady suit or woven into a chunky white rollneck sweater.
The sculptural trenches in solid colors were true standouts, with their dual personalities. They were the epitome of sophistication and elegance at the front, while their storm shields at the back were covered in Art Nouveau swirls and the letters “A” and “M“. This motif also appeared on belt buckles.
Sarah Burton carried over the same striking lines and soft touches to more casual pieces, such as a sweatshirt with an orchid photo print featuring bleeding edges, and a long olive green quilted parka with an abstracted silhouette of the flower. The collection was a stunning representation of McQueen’s ability to blend classic tailoring with contemporary design elements.