McQ Alexander McQueen
January 08, 2013 London
Take the kaleidoscopic beetle print that showed up on sharp-shouldered tailoring and cocktail dresses. It wasn't too much of a stretch to trace it back to the Plato's Atlantis collection McQueen himself showed in 2010. Those earlier pieces are collector's items, and rightly so, but for anyone who wants to get the look—and wear it out of the house without a conservator's fear of falls and spills—here it is.
Of course, McQ Alexander McQueen would be small beer if it existed only to offer past classics in easily digestible bites. There were pieces here that spoke to an evolution within McQ itself, like the wasp-waisted wool coats hybridized with biker jackets, which provided a kind of corseted bodice and a frilled peplum. You could see where they'd grown out of the hourglass-shaped military greatcoats from Spring, but like those kaleidoscopic beetles, they'd evolved.
All in all, the label's new track is a promising one, and the label seems committed to helping it get its legs. A new McQ shop opened this fall on London's Dover Street, home to Acne Studios and the world-renowned Dover Street Market.