Alexander McQueen Menswear Spring/Summer 2019

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Men’s Fashion Week has been well underway for various weeks now and has already been hosted by the likes of New York, London, and Milan. However, the most recent offerings of the season have been showcased in Paris. Among the most notable debuts within the city is that of Alexander McQueen. The overall collection was sleek and classic in terms of the silhouettes, however, it did not forget to include the brand’s characteristic quirky charm.


Classical tailoring featured heavily in this collection, with a large variety of suits, trench coats, and other structured pieces. As creative director, Sarah Burton stated: “Tailoring is the backbone to this collection.” Vogue analyzes these words, stating that in England, the brand’s country of origin, backbone is “a euphemism for courage, resilience, and duty.” Essentially, doing what is expected of oneself, despite having other wishes.

However, this collection, in particular, is far from prim and proper, and definitely could not be accused of playing by the rules. Despite its obvious basis of traditional, rather formal menswear, the collection had obvious elements of a grungier, biker aesthetic. Among the hints were the incorporation of leather in the form of jackets and small chain necklaces. Another notable piece was the dapper suits with chalkboard prints.

Also mentioned by Vogue are the callbacks to former archetypes of masculinity, such as Dorian Gray and Patrick Bateman. The collection largely seems to be centered on what Vogue says is “what a man feels he has to be and what he wants to do.” That analysis certainly seems quite accurate, considering how this collection seems to be a play on traditional mores.

Sarah Burton commented on what she felt the overarching message of the show was, stating:

“I feel McQueen is always about narrative, it’s about a beauty, an elegance, a rawness: a dark and a light. It’s not about the street. So we don’t have a trainer – okay, we do have a trainer [referring to sneakers], but it’s not in the show, so that’s a lie – but what I really wanted to say it is about cut and silhouette and about clothes that are forever.”

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Proud Latina Feminist. My likes include strong coffee, watching the previews that come on before the movie, and things that come in pretty packages. I've been a bibliophile and fashion lover since well before I could read or tie my own shoes.

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