The new autumn/winter lookbook for the Alexander McQueen diffusion line, McQ, has been released, complete with a retro British feel to the collection. With 60s mod and 70s punk references incorporated through the use of light wash denim, biker boots and polo shirts – with the occasional union jack thrown in for good measure – the collection is a celebration of the more rebellious eras in British history. Think The Sex Pistols, but a little more refined.
Classic British wardrobe staples are given the McQ twist (in the form of Pea Coats and blazers), and these are teamed with skinny jeans/trousers and patent shoes. The silhouette here is skinny; polo shirts and knitwear are worn tight, giving the look a 60s feel. There are also on trend prints, from the punk-rock striped jeans to the tartan shirting/accessories and safety-pin graphics on knitwear. Tartan turn-ups on the skinny trousers add to the 70s British vibe.
Stand-out looks include a blue bird-print shirt worn with distressed light wash denim, a navy utility blazer and black patent boots, as well as a black leather varsity jacket, crisp white shirt, cropped black suit trousers and patent black shoes. Very ‘This is England’.
Overall, the collection feels like a retrospective of British fashion from some of it’s most iconic eras. With all eyes on Britain this year, it is only right for one of our most respected brands to celebrate all that it means to be British… rebellion included.