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Eight years after the passing of its namesake, Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton cited British artist Francis Bacon and photographer John Deakin as influences for her SS19 collection for the house. Burton kept things patriotic in terms of cut: tailoring with strong shoulders and a drawn-in waist formed the core of her collection.
This Saville Row style of tailoring might feel centuries old at this point, but it was brought into the here and now via a strong palette and some head-turning looks that riffed on Bacon and Deakin’s work. The artists’ motif was most impactful when Burton put sweeping brushstrokes on her tailoring, which turned into trailing threads when they hit the end of her jackets. Sublime.
The house also offered up beautiful versions of the side-stripe trousers that everyone’s doing right now, with some great leather pieces and strong, square-toed Chelsea boots.
The best bit? Not a luxury sneaker in sight.
For more from Paris Fashion Week, check out Kim Jones’s debut collection for Dior Homme.