28 December 2009

McQueen does Magritte, but with more sass

Alexander McQueen's Menswear SS2010 collection (although it was NO Plato's Atlantis, for sure) felt surprisngly refreshing. I appreciated the fall2009 collection, but the new show felt like a breath of fresh air.

First out were these really fresh spring looks, double-breasted windowpane suits, really cool flat-brimmed hats, suitpants with sweatpant-like bands around the ankles. Everythring felt refreshing and clean, it really began to remind me of Belgian painter Rene Magritte. Very clean lines, almost satiric in their simplicity. In true McQueen fashion, however, as soon as you feel the show pulling you in one direction it pulls you in another. Out came these paint-splattered navy khakis, rolled up cuffs, of course (I told you that was a big trend!).

Things really started to get tongue-in-cheek when McQueen sent out models covered with handprints; someone covered their hands in bright blue paint and left a mark on suits and white shirts. I love love LOVED the pants with the single white handprint over the groin. Very very funny, monsieur McQueen. What a great show. And of course, the last two looks featured those crazy futuristic-digitized-whatever prints that were all over the womenswear show. So sly, so McQueen.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:

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