January 8th, 2013
Sarah Burton's creepy London Menswear debut was set in what looked like a vintage train station. Model's faces were smeared and stuck together with a plastic wrap, making the models appear to be living wax dolls. Hair was immaculately combed, with each strand in place in a 1930's style side parted wavy do. Some models even wore plastic face masks that concealed their entire looks.
The collection consisted of 3 piece suits with vests in gray and black pinstripes. Model's look as though they just walked out of a 1930's crime drama, or had walked out of American Horror Story. All the pieces were flawlessly tailored, and finished with white pocket squares and neat cardigans. The color palate was pitch black, deep grey, creams, and a blood red which was incorporated on some pieces in the second half of the fashion show.
Double breasted camel colored wool coats served as the outwear of choice. Very clean leather or patent leather shoes complimented the shiny and perfectly groomed hair on the model's heads. Neat ties and slim tailoring was present on all of the jacket cuts, and trousers were slim fitting.
Burton also incorporated some prints into the collection, which had a 1960's feel to therm, and incorporated some brighter colors. These prints could be straight out of stained glass church windows. A Hugh Hefner type bathrobe look also made an appearance near the end of the show, fashioned out of a muted red satin.
Later on in the show, the music lifted slightly, and created a brighter feel, although it still seemed dramatic and almost church like, a distinct soundtrack of wind and organ pipes. Burton almost seems to have been influenced by religion, priests, and the afterlife for this menswear collection. This menswear debut for Alexander McQueen was easy to take notice of.