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Friday, January 11, 2013

Alexander McQueen Menswear returns with "Gangsters"

Alexander McQueen marked its return to London's fashion calendar with a creepily compelling autumn/winter 2013 menswear collection.

Alexander McQueen menswear autumn/winter 2013 collection Photo: VLADIMIR POTOP

Snaffling Sarah Burton's masculine output from Milan is the most notable coup in this London Collections: Men schedule. Yet as the audience gingerly settled itself into the rickety chairs lining a Dickensian, East End warren of wood-panelled rooms, one question begged itself - why did McQueen ever leave London at all?


After all, the capital is riddled with perfect backdrops for the artfully discordant brand of fashion that is McQueen's speciality.

Photos: Vladmir Potop

Take this collection, which featured a cast of hollow cheeked models stalking those mournful rooms in oversized, elongated suits that made them resemble a mob of sallow gangsters. For extra jitter, some wore cinematic serial killer semi-transparent face masks. Traditional Savile Row decorations including chalk-stripe, Bengal, polka dot and Prince of Wales were cut up and rearranged into a kaleidoscope of nerdy menswear references, under Pinkie-perfect peaked shoulders.

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