Alexander McQueen is going through a particularly good
moment: After hosting an exquisite couture party for
Givenchy last summer and delivering a breathtaking
show for his signature line in London two weeks ago,
he presented today a tempered, well-thought-out
collection for Givenchy ready-to-wear.
Teddy boys, rockabilly and David Bowie were all sources of inspiration for McQueen. Skirts with massive confections of pleats, ruffles and crinolines were worn with massive corset-belts, sharp jackets and crisp short-sleeved shirtsperfect for a Sunday sundae at the fashion wonderland drive-in. There were also long, mannish pinstriped overcoats, sheer shirts with gathered panel fronts and several lingerie-inspired looks. Dazzling apple-green and red- checkered coats, spectator pumps and pegged houndstooth trousers were visually arresting, but more traditional Givenchy customers will go for the chocolate suede bombers, fitted pencil skirts and tortoiseshell-print dresses.