Alexander McQueen Menswear AW16

Unsurprisingly, Autumn and Winter fashions are my favourite. February fashion week far outweighs it's September counterpart in it's noire offerings.
Usually, London Fashion Week is my source of inspiration, what to keep from my current winter wardrobe and what to invest in. However, this year, London Collection: Mens began this source of influence. I've dabbled in writing about menswear in the past, and it is something that I would return to as I love tailoring and masculine features on clothing. That being said, I've neglected menswear for a while. That is, however, until Sarah Burton unveiled the Alexander McQueen AW16 Menswear collection.

The first piece that caught my eye was the black suit with Victorian Moth illustrations. Moths have been present in a number of McQueen shows and by that I mean physically present at two of the shows, notably the 2001 Spring Summer show. As a Art and Fashion History student, I've studied 'cabinets of curiosities' and the collection of insect specimens during the enlightenment and instantly this reminded me of these. Interestingly, Vogue then informed me that Sarah Burton had started off her research and inspiration for the collection at the Sir John Soane museum in London, which "ignited an interest in collecting, specifically in Charles Darwin and his voyages to accumulate specimens" (Vogue.com) This can be seen in the realistic illustrations of moths and butterflies.
There was also an evident Victorian influence running though the collection, even to the extend of Mourning attire with Jet accents in the detailing.

The collection is mainly black, with red highlights and white shirts. Dark winter florals feature in suits, combined with black and burgundy velvet in some cases, and red jackets with black Baroque embroidery make a stunning contrast to the black ensembles before it. Essentially, for me, the collection encompasses everything a Autumn/Winter wardrobe should have: velvet, Victorian influence and lots of black. Here's hoping that the Menswear collection is setting the tone for anticipated Womenswear collections next month.

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