London Men's Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen

London Men's Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen

Spring/Summer 15

Modernity reigned supreme for Alexander McQueen yesterday in London, as the label showed a collection that deliberately avoided historical reference

Sarah Burton, headlined the second day of the London menswear shows yesterday, and had been considering the Japanese kabuki theatre before she visited the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern earlier this year. The two experiences – plus perhaps with a recent expansion in the Far East in mind – influenced her latest menswear collection for a colourful, upbeat McQueen men's show. It expressed renewed optimism and a forward-looking attitude for the brand.

"I wanted it to be less 'period' than usual, without so much historicism" said Burton backstage. "What I got from the references was an idea of scale and proportion, and the impact of the simple shapes on a clean background."