McQ Alexander McQueen
June 26, 2013 New York
What set this offering apart—other than the very London-in-the-nineties quality of printed bondage pants with D-rings, which will have their own irresistible appeal for a certain kind of customer—was the suiting. Jackets had the strong, sharp look long associated with Lee McQueen: the pronounced shoulder, the narrow sleeve, the elaborate seaming in the back. Burton added her own soft touch via draped lapels edged with narrow bands of fringe. At McQ's price point, it's not easy finding the kind of precise tailoring required to make the collection's strongest look, a double-breasted tuxedo dress with satin lapels. The question that was going around the showroom at our appointment was, When is New York going to get its own McQ store?