The Prince and The Pauper
The contrasts within Sarah Burton’s AW16 collection for Alexander McQueen were subtle but they were there. Motifs switched between bursting floral blooms and the ever present McQueen moth, slightly less majestic simply by nature. Suits were scattered between drop length untucked shirts. Embellishments played between mayoral chains and savage facial pieces that you could almost feel fish-hooked through your own mouth.
Much like spring (bar those psychedelic sea creature final looks), the colour palette was limited but anything else would be offensive. A house like McQueen, so revered and truly iconic should never have to rely on a showy print or entire spectrum of colour to carry a collection. So anyone complaining red isn’t their colour – shush, now.
To The Top
One final chance to shake off the formal shackles (a little) for McQueen was the removal of ties. Suits and coats were smart, of course, with a touch of the military but no ties, no scarves no nothing toned it down just a touch, enough to make the line seem more accessible.