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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PRE SS21

The British luxury brand’s Pre SS21 collection renews the materials and codes of collections past.

McQueen Pre SS21 Puffy Blue Dress
McQueen Pre SS21 Puffy Blue Dress

God, we’ve been after a good ole’ fashion fix for weeks now, and for pre SS21, McQueen womenswear have made it clear they’ve got us covered. Made during lockdown (you know, the other one), the collection was created predominantly out of stock fabric, which was then over-printed, over-dyed and renewed entirely for a season that’s in spiritual bondage with the phrase ‘out with the old, in with the new’.

Set beside a series of chalky white cliffs, the McQueen girls took to the beach in the finest of garments for the occasion, think full skirts of rosy pink silk, stone grey tailored jackets with deconstructed lapels, and sleek cigarette trousers draped effortlessly beside the ankle. Deconstructed trench coats transformed themselves into puffy skirted wonders, or clung to the waist as they found themselves enveloped in the most divine buckle belt – of the chunky ivory variety – you’ve ever laid eyes upon.

McQueen Pre SS21 Floral Pink Dress
McQueen Pre SS21 Grey Suit
McQueen Pre SS21 Floral Pink Dress
McQueen Pre SS21 Grey Suit

These ‘50s debutante looks are then shaken senseless by the collection’s edgier Joan Jett energy, reimagining the signature McQueen leather of collections past into skintight biker jackets replete with a peplum skirt in the sexiest of scarlets, or a mouthwatering pencil dress adorned only by contrast stitches and chunky metal hardware. Optical illusion prints follow, in patched cashmere of course, accompanied by the monochrome ribboned tuxes and a gown printed with an array etches and sketches from the house itself.

Hand-me-downs have never looked more gorgeous, and how could they not? They are from McQueen after all…

McQueen Pre SS21 Deconstructed Trench
McQueen Pre SS21 Contrast Leather
McQueen Pre SS21 Deconstructed Trench
McQueen Pre SS21 Contrast Leather
McQueen Pre SS21 Sketch Gown
McQueen Pre SS21 White Suit
McQueen Pre SS21 Sketch Gown
McQueen Pre SS21 White Suit
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Bailey Slater
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PRE SS21

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