London Men's Fashion Week SS16: Alexander McQueen

Under the sea

London Men's Fashion Week SS16: Alexander McQueen
Taking inspiration from ancient mariner's maps and mythical sea creatures, Alexander McQueen sent a mod riff on nautical style down the runway

1. Here there be dragons
Harley Hughes, the head of menswear design at Alexander McQueen, went on a trip for spring — an ancient trip, that is. Influenced by drawings from old mariner's maps, the trippy dragon and mermaid prints made for a seriously seafaring vibe.

2. Mod madness
Mod influences from the '60s emerged as another dominant trend on the runway, with sharply tailored suits splashed through with hypnotic black-and-white patterns. 

3. Keep abreast with the double-breasted jacket 
Taking things to the extreme with tailoring this season, Hughes repeated a single style, multiple times: A double-breasted jacket with ten buttons, keeping the silhouette long and slim, and five buttons on each jacket sleeve instead of the usual three.

4. Pyjama tailoring
'Relaxed fit' does not even begin to cut it at McQueen. Taking elements of traditional men's pyjamas (the high, widespread lapels for one; contrasting piping another), menswear is taking a comfy turn this season.

5. Dazzling denim
The utilitarian fabric is given an upgrade, distressed to resemble specks of light glinting off seawater and tying in the nautical theme in an abstract way. 

To see all our coverage of London Collections: Men SS16, click here.


Text: Pakkee Tan

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