Saturday, 16 February 2013
MCQ BY MCQUEEN A/W 2013
Diffusion ranges have earned a bad reputation in fashion - many believe that they act less as a sister collection and more as an afterthought, a cheaper line to bring in more money. However, ever since taking the reins of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton has invested an incredible amount of effort (even recruiting Kristen McMenamy as the star of the last A/W show) in reinvigorating McQueen's often-forgotten diffusion range. The newly-released photographs of the Autumn/Winter collection prove that once again Burton has delivered the goods, presenting a collection that is both stunning and affordable.
The capsule collection boasts an outfit for every occasion - whether it's a winter coat or a feminine printed dress you need, Burton has all bases covered. There are the usual nods to McQueen's iconic aesthetic in the form of sharply nipped-in waists and dramatic collars, yet the design flaires are subtle enough that the clothes are easily wearable. The collection also sees Burton dip into the animal-print trend, incorporating zebra stripes in amongst the colourful prints of the later looks, whilst the rest of the collection maintains the gothic colour palette for which McQueen is renowned. The shaggy white skirt is another highlight of the collection, and perhaps the best example of a runway-ready look on a high-street budget. With designers like Margiela and Comme Des Garçons moving into their own high-street diffusion collaboration, looking good on little cash has never been easier.