Alexander McQueen: Northern Soul

The latest AW19 menswear collection from Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton pays homage to her home, the optimism of the 1950s and the “resourcefulness, libertarianism and creative freedom” of the 1980s

Pride permeates throughout the newly released nostalgic collection, with a focus on nobility, dignity and authenticity, as well as glamour – exemplified by elaborate crystal chandelier charms, necklaces and earrings. Scale and proportion have been playfully exaggerated: an oversized overcoat is contrasted with mini-Parkas and bomber jackets, and a deconstructed dogtooth check mohair sweater is coupled with skinny leather speedway trousers.

‘Old man’ tailoring and work suits – cropped, single-breasted jackets and double-pleat peg trousers – feature in pieced and patched Savile Row wools, as well as metallic floral wool silk jacquards. Channelling both the New Wave and English Romanticism, pinstripe suits are woven with English roses and sharp wool overcoats are pieced with houndstooth and Prince of Wales check.

Using a full spectrum of hybrid fabric – from wool silk jacquard to cotton trench coating, the collection utilises a beautiful range of colour; powder pink, ballroom blue, dahlia, stone and deep red.