Alexander McQueen seizes William Blake’s universe for his men’s collection

Translated by

Clementine Martin

Published on

Jul 22, 2021

Bold prints and color gradients take possession of Alexander McQueen’s new men’s collection for Spring / Summer 2022. Pieces bathed in a fantastic and symbolic atmosphere that pay homage to the work of the British poet, painter and engraver William Blake, entered the history of art thanks to his rich multifaceted universe and recognized as a “total artist”.

Alexander McQueen

The team led by Creative Director Sarah Burton takes the viewer on a journey into the imagination of this artist born in London in 1757 through this new proposal presented on July 21. “Using the imagination as the purest form of escape, this collection centers on lightness, air and water, on the beauty that emerges from the dark”, briefly states the British brand in a small note. explanatory note accompanying the lookbook of its latest designs.

Photographed by Paolo Roversi, the collection opens with a sober piece faithful to the tailoring talents that have made the reputation of the British label: a two-piece suit in black wool, revisited through the application of silver zippers running through the jacket. and highlighting the sides of the pants. This silhouette is found later in the collection in a pink wool version with zippers on either side of the jacket. Next comes a white cotton shirt, openwork and sleeveless, whose torso is adorned with a fantastic illustration of William Blake embroidered in a sober black.

The influences of this romantic painter and passionate about mythology are also reflected in a long marble-colored jacquard coat, which serves as the backdrop to William Blake’s interpretation of Dante. This print returns in different forms throughout the collection and is featured on several pants and suit jackets with dreamlike lines, as well as on a remarkable long embroidered dress with a flared skirt in tulle and organza in shades of blue. It is positioned as a male alternative to traditional costume and nods to the punk heritage of this house which passed into the lap of the luxury group Kering.

Alexander McQueen

An elegant black suit completes the picture, with a jacket with sleeves structured by asymmetrical ruffles creating a peplum effect. This style is also applied to a white poplin shirt, with artwork inspired by Dante and light waves running diagonally across it. We will also remember the imposing black double-breasted coat with superimposed silk ruffles.

On the shoe side, we find the famous “slim” boots, black moccasins or white leather sneakers, which seem to counterbalance the exuberance of the central dress of this collection. On the accessories side, the jewelry reinforces the glam-rock side with silver chains and necklaces, double rings or large ear rings. Alternative and subversive references rather close to the house’s latest “guerrilla marketing” campaign, which appropriated the streets and public transport of the main fashion capitals last week with graffiti signed “McQueen” in order to publicize its latest capsule.

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