Alexander McQueen Refines Itself for FW18 Show

Alexander McQueen Refines Itself for FW18 Show

Sarah Burton took inspiration from the men of Londontown for her Paris Fashion Week Men's show.

Sarah Burton took inspiration from the men of Londontown for her Paris Fashion Week Men's show.

Text: Jake Viswanath

When one thinks of Alexander McQueen, many motifs, of both the late designer's legacy and that of the brand beyond, come to mind: the skulls, the sky-high heelless pumps, the gorgeous structural gowns, just to name some. Sarah Burton has always been one to hold nothing back, letting her fantastical whimsies of the season guide main direction of each collection. But her Fall 2018 menswear collection, presented during Paris Fashion Week Men's, stands out for another reason entirely: its relative simplicity.

Make no mistake, Alexander McQueen remains as bold as ever, but Burton's inspiration this season is something far more familiar: the man. She took the simpler staples of menswear and adjusted them to fit the McQueen caliber, rather than turning them on their heads completely. Different personality types walked the runway: the dapper British gent, the glam-rock Notting Hill native, the street style pro, and the man who switches between all three depending on his mood (relatable).

So it made sense that all of these archetypes's clothing were as dedicated as can be. Suits were fitted to their absolute slimmest for maximum formality, while sweater vests and leather coats were hemmed with exaggerated dimensions. But Burton's use of patterns made them stand out in ways that classic menswear wouldn't. Floral silk kimonos, patterned suits, and intricately embroidered coats and sweaters gave each piece that classic McQueen touch, with the absolute highlight coming in the form of a strapped jacket complete with wide-structured cape — Burton created her own Batman, but high-fashion.

Even with inspiration coming from different places every season, Burton excels at pulling the most amount of attention on the clothes, even with the slight refinement of this season. The show proved that Alexander McQueen can still carry on their legacy while focusing on the simpler things in life, which in this case, are just as decadent and fulfilling as ever. See every look from the collection below.

Credits: Photos via Vogue Runway

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