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MEN'S SPRING/SUMMER '08: SURF'S UP AT MCQUEEN

HOROZONTIAL

I have two important men named Alexander in my life: one is my BFF/co-worker, and one is a British designer known for over-the top looks. Both are fabulous, but only one just showed an amazing menswear collection, so this is largely about him (sorry Alex!) I speak, of course, of Alexander McQueen and his stylized take on 1960s American surf and sport culture.

POLKADOTSUIT

Polka dot printed pants aren’t typical menswear, but McQueen isn’t exactly known for conservative looks.

PINKSHIRT

An updated and vaguely feminine ‘60s jock look, complete with denim capris and a pink shirt.

LETTERMANSJACKET

In seventh grade I stole a pair of bowling shoes from the Acton Bowladrome and wore them into the ground. They looked a lot like this. This made me miss them.

LOVESHIRTS

If you’re A. McQueen, you can still use skulls in your designs and get away with it.

YELLOWSWEATER

After falling in love with them over at Dries van Noten, who’s thrilled to see yellow shoes on the runway again? This girl. The print on these shorts is actually ‘60s slogans; so if you don’t get the theme of the collection, start reading!

REDPANTS

These neoprene leggings were meant to evoke wetsuits, but all I can think is how well this outfit would go over at BoomBox, or some other ‘80s inspired clubland.

SHARKSHIRT

At one point while scrolling through Stylesight’s 161 images from this show, I said out loud, “Is that a shark?” And it was. And it was awesome.

BLACKSUIT

The show closed with a parade of soaking wet boys in suits, which could have been a statement about the downgrade in American culture since the glory days of the ‘60s, or just an excuse for a parade of soaking wet boys in suits. Either way.

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  • alexander léger

    i wish i had heard you shout, “is that a shark?” . . .

  • actually, i swore somewhere in that statement as well. i’m surprised you didn’t hear me.

  • god bless the acton bowladrome.

  • so is wet the new black?

  • meff, i love that you KNOW that place! and yes sarah, wet IS the new black!

  • Squeezebox

    Thief!

  • I HAVEN’T WORN YOUR COLOGNE IN A VERY LONG TIME. thief indeed.

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