The Men’s Spring 2012 fashion collection by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen in Milan was brilliant with twists and turns all throughout the avant-garde group of looks.
Every look had it’s own fabric, almost no cloth was repeated and yet there was an underlying unity with the silhouette that you would grasp and then watch as it slipped out of your mind as the next bold look walked down the catwalk. From Velour and beaded crystallized tux jackets, to black and white check and fiery flames the runway didn’t stop switching things up until the show ended.
The main colors were vibrant Red and delicate rose but a blue was also present in stripes, flames, pocket squares and glasses. Of course white was present for the spring fashion collection and was used as the glue that bound this potpourri of dynamic fabrics and limitless array of checks, stripes, and laser prints.
The silhouettes were as different as the fabrics in that they were everywhere from a classic cut suit with a notch lapel and a standard pant to a blue flower blazer with short sleeves and an equally short body. The pants were from stove pipe skinnies to pajama bottom loose.
Though no particular cohesive line could be drawn through the collection (aside from the reoccurring stripes), the collection was still a winner in our books because of the wearability, functionality and fashion utility that each piece possessed. Sure a orange and black cheetah print top doesn’t look great with every thing you pair it with, but the silk shirt would look dynamite under your favourite black blazer and over-top a pair of dark denim. And though dressing in outfits is a very North American thing to do, perhaps a “style outside the box” mentality is required when viewing the latest Alexander McQueen fashion collection.