Step off the merry-go-wheel and do things your own way; so advocates McQueen, having stepped off the traditional fashion cycle wheel 18 months ago and spending the last year and a half burrowing into their own r&d and reveling in extra time to craft.  Sarah Burton's McQueen is an individualist, feminine take on what was once a hard edged, and perhaps more morbid era under the conflicted founder, and women around the world have appreciated the sharp tailoring mixed in with grandiose gowns that celebrate the art of craft and workmanship since. 

Last week, the day before London was abuzz with the return of Frieze London, McQueen held two fashion shows on a car park rooftop in Wapping, enclosing their show space within a transparent plastic bubble that cut the audience off from the real environment whilst having an entire view of it. And within that microcosm of a fashion world, we were transported by models, musicians, sustainability advocates and more wearing the new Spring/Summer 22 collection.

It was British tailoring at its best, including nylon gowns with printed London skylines of the studio's own mobile photography of their view from HQ. Outfits paired with the new Curve bag, which launched this year and is the brand's big best for a hit accessory, it was a vision of dressing post-pandemic with nary an elasticated waist in sight.

McQueen was one of the first luxury brands on the sneaker ascent, the chunky boot craze and the knuckle duster clutch; we can only hope that this SS22 ready-to-wear collection of reworked denim classics with motorcycle-inspired corsets, and trench coats spliced with Prince of Wales check tailored fabrics will seep into the consciousness of those who crave style with a twist.

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