The grand artist Alexander McQueen might no longer be with us physically, but he lives on in spirit it appears and guides the hands of his creative directors to produce incredible work both for his main line and subsidiaries. The McQ by Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2016 collection might not be very large but it commands the respect of the fashion community. With a splattering of punk and a pinch of club life, the casual classics have been amplified, modified and given just the right edge to appear as part of a collection that is geared towards a younger crowd, especially those given to walking out wearing a simple white T-shirt and denim.
There are a few things that can be said about the collection. One is that we love the addition of the chains in order to give some of the outfits a slightly more underground beauty feel. Second is the fact that white is such a lovely contrast to the black that is fitting with the theme, while the light appearance of red polka dots on the dresses with black backgrounds is commendable. This is a collection that is very much wearable by the public.
Sarah Burton, the creative director of both the main line and this version has done a rather good job with her 18 pieces, the focus placed on a very 1970s and ‘80s New York, taking the no wave art movement as inspiration. The chain accents are used as belts, necklaces and/or suspenders, layered within the outfits to really add to the aesthetic appeal. It even looks great with the ivory colored skirt seen among all the black. Macabre romanticism is a very Alexander McQueen thing so it only made sense to see it appear on a rose lace black dress with a center zip. We very much love this particular style and would enjoy seeing much more of it within the McQ line, along with the play with flirty combination with punk, something like that skinny trouser in the silver foil embossed leather.
The McQ by Alexander McQueen spring 2016 line is meant to be for the everyday girl; the girl who is young at heart and with a body to match her youth. She’s the one who enjoys the cut outs on her skirts and enjoys the comfort of knit tops. She’s the one who will step foot in a club and love every second of it while still maintaining a casual lifestyle during the day. She’s the rebel who is generally very good and possibly even slightly on the preppy side. But she knows that there is an underground scene to explore and dresses in a manner to both express individuality and show off her acceptance and love for the more unaccepted of social designs. At the end of the day, the girls wearing McQ look really good and quite feminine, with a touch of aggression and an affinity towards the easily worn pieces, including a sheer black dress with a white lace hem; not to mention her professionalism with a tailored black suit that has a rather long and lean silhouette despite its wider leg.
Photos courtesy of Vogue