Alexander McQueen's Springtime Duality

10 June 2019
Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Spring/Summer '20, London Fashion Week Mens, #LFWM
Photography: Ethan James Green
Sarah Burton recalls her visits to Japan in the 90s as inspiration for the brand’s spring/summer 2020 menswear collection

There is just something about Alexander McQueen’s interpretation of floral that askew the traditional by making it subdued and darker. It’s not often you think of floral prints becoming monochromatic, but this romanticized McQueen take flowers makes it fairly gender-neutral.

Sarah Burton, the champion of Alexander McQueen’s vision, brings back the classic floral effervescence to their spring/summer 2020 menswear collection. The brand showcased their new collection with a presentation during London Fashion Week Men’s.

Alexander McQueen SS20

“This collection is a dialogue between Alexander McQueen womenswear and menswear,” read the show notes. “It also references and reminisces on Nineties McQueen and the frequent inspiration trips made by the team to Japan at that time.”

Alexander McQueen SS20

In classic McQueen fashion, the bold floral Japanese references are juxtaposed with traditionally English pinstriped, reworked to be thinner stripes in sharply cut modern suits.

“Tailoring is inherent to McQueen, and it always will be because Lee started on Savile Row,” Sarah Burton told I-D magazine. “The backbone of what we wear is a suit, trousers and jacket.”

Alexander McQueen SS20

Alexander McQueen SS20

Alexander McQueen SS20

Alexander McQueen SS20

Alexander McQueen SS20

Alexander McQueen SS20