We love a bit of McQ here at Wonderland: seductive gothicism is always a good look. It’ll come as no surprise then, that we’re mad about the label’s Pre-Fall collection. As is tradition for McQ, this season takes inspiration from a slew of iconic post-war subcultures (Mods and Rockers, Punks, Skinheads and Teddy Boys – and Girls) and explores ideas of youth-rebellion with a delinquent energy. There’s a difference this time, though, as Sarah Burton and the guys at McQ have also looked to the adolescents of the African Maasai, celebrating the handcrafted and idiosyncratically draped robes worn during their liminal, not-quite-adult period.
The clothes themselves come in cobwebbed knits and artisinal crochets, as well as enlarged tartans and dappled ponyskin prints. Cut-wise, draped ease is the order of the day; silhouettes are generously fabricated with wide legged trousers and long length shirts, but also well-tailored jackets in a neo-Edwardian style (for that velvet-lapelled Teddy Girl vibe). Throw in some thick-soled, Grunge-club ready boots and you’ve got everything you need to unleash your inner rebel.