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Milan…Alexander McQueen

It’s true that Alexander McQueen always puts on a true show each and every season.  With a large room dotted with gas street lamps, the surly models, many with dark eyes and carrying canes, stomped down the runway looking like gentlemen ready to take a swing at anyone in their way. The boxing theme played through the entire collection, with a feeling of turn-of-the-century aristocracy popping up on Chesterfield top coats, double-breasted suit jackets, toggle sweaters, and plenty of voluminous coats worn over the shoulders as capes. Pops of red in the form of finglerless gloves, red-painted hands (a bloody accent?), and half-hazard splashes of paint on leather seemed to take on the look of a prop in a horror movie. Yes, there was even a leather butcher apron right out of recent “torture porn” movies. An amazing Fair Isle frock was certainly not a traditional pattern from Scotland, but rather enveloped in McQueen’s trademark skulls. Most of the full-fitting coats with swelling silhouettes were balanced out with skinny pants so as to not take attention away from the show-stopping pieces.

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