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Alexander McQueen Menswear S/S12

The Spring collection was an atmospheric, dark and decadent statement playing with checks and houndstooth prints with gothic elements

It was a dark, moody and decadent themed show at McQueen, going against the softer, brighter colours opted for across a lot of other designers Spring Summer collections. Starting out with a number of monochromatic looks, McQueen again using houndstooth and black and white check – seen repeatedly this season, with an 80s British skin punk feel. Harringtons and bomber jackets were seen against fitted trousers and tuxedo jackets.

Developing on the moody theme, a more gothic and sinister feeling was then introduced through more dark colours, but this time rich blues and reds teamed with black. Smoking and dinner jackets in powerful shades, worn with vertical black and white stripe pants made a strong impression. Double breasted rain macs were worn on the shoulders to give a cape-like look, a more formal touch against the sportswear elements. Colours were strong again for the bomber jackets that came in various brighter shades of silk, floral prints were also used on silk for a flamboyant blouson. A double breasted silk trench also added a large amount of elegance and style. Standing out against the backdrop, a smoking jacket that summed up the feeling of the show in one, with large bold cut and full body flame print.