Alexander McQueen Men's SS19 Highlights
My heart stopped when Alexander McQueen released the teaser for its men's SS19 collection. As the blue, pink and red painting brushes slowly touch the model's face and body, the colors cover the show with a mysterious veil. What will Sarah Burton, the creative director of the brand, bring to the audience this season?
"Tailoring forms the backbone to this collection." The brand pointed out as it presented the SS19 collection. Sharp-shouldered suiting and precisely cut double-breasted coat, you can see the tailoring skills which McQueen was known for relived though out the show. Sarah Burton again shows the fashion industry how the genuine luxury brand should do its collection like she did in the FW18 Ready-to-Wear. From the classic suits to red and white tassels embroidered onto the blazer, she makes the tailoring heart of the collection.
Patterns on the leather jackets reflect the inspirations for this collection. Sarah Burton captures the mid-twentieth British painter Francis Bacon's raw and old images, mixing them with the rock spirit of McQueen. Body painted model in biker trouser with the blue leather jacket tied on the waist powerfully lightens up the show. Graffiti works by the Soho photographer and painter John Deakin are embroidered on the biker jacket and trousers. Hair effortlessly slicked back, you can easily imagine the untamed stylish man walking in New York streets in with the wild Deakin soul.
The mismatching items complete the entire collection. It is extremely challenging to work when it comes to mismatching— you don't want the outfit looks like a drunk dude who fell into the garbage truck. Adding a statement piece to the outfit and keeping it simple at the same time are two real challenges for Burton. Ripped knitted sweatshirt paired with red stripes leather pants perfectly define the mismatching essence. By putting soft and stiff material together, Sarah creates a very streetwear look yet captures the luxurious color combo. I was so impressed when the model in the half-blazer-half-trench coat walked down the catwalk. The design is clean and chic regardless of how complicated the concept is.
I am beyond exciting to see that Sarah always makes sure to reflect McQueen’s talented skills in every season. Although working with graffiti artists or painters is nothing original on the fashion runways, I think Sarah still knows her own way to impressive people by presenting perfect tailoring items. The best show by Sarah Burton? Nah. Innovative? Probably not. But it is definitely the way Alexander McQueen found his connection with graffiti arts.