McQ Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2016: Rebellious subcultures
By Christa Kaufmann

WGSN Catwalks Editor Christa Kaufmann shares her review of the collection and highlights the key items

Dec 18, 2015


Riot grrrl, an underground feminist hardcore punk movement from the early 1990s, Teddy boys, London goths and the Masai tribe injected the McQ collection with a contrasting teenage attitude.

LONDON: The various subcultures are represented in a variety of youthful styles, while things are kept commercial yet executed in a streetwise way. Black and white pyjama styles with exaggerated proportions are worn over a neatly cut trench coat or a maxi leather dress, capturing a rebellious youthful attitude. The Teddy boys come in a boxy zebra pony skin blazer paired with denim bottoms and a red shirt, evoking a classic rock ‘n’roll attitude. Patch worked flannel skirt sets and loose-knitted styles with a nod to the 1990’s reflect the anarchistic Riot grrrls. Black crocheted open work knit ensembles echoed the spirit of the Masai, as their black garments with noteworthy decorative elements reminded Burton of edgy teenage styles from different cultures. All this was contrasted with sharp tailoring, black lace and sequins palazzo pants, elevating the edgy spirit to new heights in the McQueen manner. – Christa Kaufmann

Theme: Rebellious subcultures

Key Items: Trench coat, Palazzo trousers, Elongated shirt, Leather dress, Longline blazer, Cropped V-Neck, Leather shirt, Cropped wide-leg trousers, Maxi Dress, Jean, Trucker jacket, Boxy Blazer, Biker jacket, Patched skirt, Knit dress

Colour: Black, White, Red, Burgundy, Grey

Materials and Trims: Cotton twill, Silk, Leather, Velvet, Wool, Shearling, Lace, Pony skin, Sequins

Print and Pattern: Zebra, Plaid

Footwear and Accessories: Handbag, Ankle boots, Clogs

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