Inspired by a plethora of poetically described visions, British luxury fashion house, Alexander McQueen’s Pre-AW 2020 collection pays homage to one of its strongest themes: nature. Drawing inspiration from British art nouveau, arts and crafts, the restrained elegance of modernism: the sinuous iris, the proud thistle and The Glasgow Rose, bare northern landscapes, windswept earth, metal ores: silver, gold and copper, mineralogy: flint, rock, crystal, and agate. Marrying the rough with the smooth, the harsh with the smooth, the light and the dark. Each element nodding to the signature handwriting of the house of Alexander McQueen.
Skirts are asymmetrical, tailoring is immaculate and eveningwear is intricately embellished in heritage tweeds, heavy wool knits, jacquard, suede, and leather – with structure being the order of the day. The collection is muted in color, gilded in gold, and jeweled with carnelian red and mineral yellow as seen across key looks including, a trompe l’oeil black leather coat with a contrast brown lapel and a cream crewneck jumper with cocooned sleeves and slashed shoulders and gold metal chainmail cables worn with an asymmetric drape skirt in mineral yellow suede. Evening looks are masculine yet ultra femme all in one go, from a molten metallic gold moiré single-breasted jacket and cigarette trouser suit, or a black double-faced silk satin column dress with a trompe l’oeil layered cape and slashed art nouveau floral cabochon-embroidered bodice, to a carnelian red fluid silk satin asymmetric draped dress with a single sleeve – each look is breathtaking and meticulously crafted.
Launching a collection of must have bags, McQueen does not steer away from the brand’s sophisticated edge and its signature hardware details are elevated on the Four Ring Pouch, against a soft leather body, finished with the seasonal closure or the iconic skull handle. Miniature bags are also highlighted across shapes and sizes, each suspended from a signature leather harness, including the Myth Cylinder, Mini Vertical Clutch, and the Mini Sphere Clutch, embroidered with contrast knotted detailing and studs. A new family of bags also joins the seasonal collection in the shape of The Jewelled Satchel.
Jewellery collections feature faceted pave multi hoop earrings, modernist sculptural high shine metals finished with faceted stones, oversized polished dome chokers, giant agate pendants and bird whistle charms.
Whimsical, romantic, tough, and unapologetically fierce: Fashion and art truly come together in the British heritage brand’s latest collection…