Alexander McQueen S/S17: British tailoring meets Indian handcrafts

Alexander McQueen Menswear ss17: a celebration of tailoring

London: Going abroad seems to be a common trope in the menswear world these days, as globalisation has changed our perception for sartorial traditions and expanded our horizons to different modes of dressing. Alexander McQueen’s menswear director Harley Hughes channelled that vibe in their latest lookbook—with Sarah Burton on maternity leave, McQueen opted out of a proper catwalk show. The collection takes British tailoring traditions and blends them with new contexts, gleaning from Indian prints to Nehru collars, ethnic embroidery and handcraft traditions, and rich jacquards that all fit within the current, flowery menswear paradigm that blends natural and stereotypically feminine motifs with classic menswear silhouettes. For those who consider that tailoring is heading for doomsday, McQueen’s collection makes a statement about suiting still blooming. — Jian DeLeon

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Alexander Mcqueen Menswear S/S17

Theme: A ’60s guy, in London, going off travelling and immersing himself in imperial India

Key Items: Embroidered Nehru Collar Jackets, Embroidered Track Pants, Voluminous Trousers, Cropped Trousers, Belted Robe Coats, Cropped Trenchcoats, Leopard-Trim Cardigan, Sleeveless Coats, Statement Suits

Colour: Red, Turquoise, Black, White, Tan, Yellow, Navy, White, Khaki, Mocha, Olive, Sunburst Yellow

Materials and Trims: Velvet, Wool, Cotton, Embroidery, Sport Taping, Self Belts, Patterned Piping

Print and Pattern: Leopard Print, Dégradé, Exaggerated Florals, Jacquard, Pinstripe, Regatta Stripe, Paisley, Zebra Print, Hand-Drawn Graphics

Accessories and Footwear: Chunky Sole Sneakers, Low-Top Plimsolls, High-Top Plimsolls, Necklaces, Brooches, Earrings, Facial Jewellery

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