Monday 7th December

| BY Paul Toner

Alexander McQueen: Menswear SS21

The Alexander McQueen team have kept themselves rather busy during lockdown. Alongside crafting a womenswear Pre-spring collection – released in November – Sarah Burton and the McQueen atelier has also been working tirelessly on an accompanying menswear outing, too. Like its preceding womenswear collection, the looks here were made predominantly out of stock fabric from previous seasons – over-printed and dyed to evoke more feminine iterations than we’re used to from the house’s men’s collections.

As with any McQueen menswear outing, suiting proves a strong point. The detailing of tailored suit jackets comes accentuated through a skeletal, candy-pink over-lay, which is also applied to matching trousers. Like with the Pre-spring collection, bows and peplums perforate sharply-cut blazers, which sometimes even come backless, with sensual cut-outs at the waist. These stand alongside dip-dyed bombers, chopped-and-screwed cricket sweaters and nylon overcoats appliquéd with jewelled brooch embroidery.

Burton skipped men’s digitalised fashion weeks in favour of taking each look to the beach, offering a scenic, yet rocky, backdrop to a collection that lavishes in juxtapositions.

Photography by Chloé Le Drezen.