McQ are looking forward by looking back as they relaunch their Swallow collection. The inspiration? What else but Lee McQueen’s iconic SS95 show,“The Birds”. There, ominous flocks of swallows were printed across tailored separates with Hitchcockian menace — hinting at McQueen’s own fascination with birds and his enduring interest in the apocalyptic portent of nature.
Now, that print becomes a sensational textual command, provocatively stamped in bold face across t-shirts and hoodies. If you’re slightly shy though, there’s always the lambswool knit, boasting artist Tom Tosseyn’s updated swallow design for 2016. Skull-like eyes keep things unmistakably McQueen — even if the message is a little bit quieter.