Four months ago it seems completely unthinkable, on an emotional level, that Alexander McQueen’s label would survive his passing away. Creative director Sarah Burton jumped right on aboard, knowing exactly how McQueen thought and worked. Despite the show’s title, Pomp and Circumstance, it was quite the low-key presentation, still with strong and unique elements and shapes in the garments (that’s no surprise, we’re talking about McQueen here). Perhaps one could see some pomp essence in the suppressed waists, high collars, and cutaway jackets.
Italian luxury goods house Bottega Veneta best known for its leather goods showcased a collection that developed the designer’s signature blend of hyper-casual and super-formal garments. Key person Tomas Maier imagined a man on a road trip rediscovering a country he’d spent too much time flying over. With this, shirts were wrinkled and suits were crumpled; materials for outwear (a nylon parka, cotton trench) were very lightweight. Maier emphasized athleticism and casted models from all over the place, to further enhance his theme.
The great thing about Andrew Buckler is that he makes menswear that is very wearable and everyday guys will love. Although I’m not too crazy about athletic looking garments, the subtle fine-gauge linen T-shirts and athletic details were a nice touch. I really love those tapered/harem pants in the second picture and just the overall look of the models.
I loved loved this collection. I normally feel that most men aren’t able to pull of leather, suede, mesh, or anything of the like, but Christopher Bailey’s collection for the Spring was an extraordinary stash of early 20th century biker gear thought of by Thomas Burberry. The harder and edgier Bailey goes, the better clothes he seems to present us. To soften the toughness a little, Bailey paired biker vests with jersey pants, motocross leathers with a luxe suede trench, and a sheer shirt underneath a studded vest. Hot!
part II continued next… (: