Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Alexander McQueen x Huntsman

Image © McQueen 2012

Following on from the Alexander McQueen AW12 Milan Menswear presentation, which cited V
ictorian Britain & characters from Vanity Fair Magazine (such as the dandy, the gamekeeper, the lord of the manor and the politician) as its references - across a colour palette of black, oxblood, ivory, grey and inky blues - the fashion house is now continuing on the Victorian theme, in a new partnership with Savile Row tailor Huntsman.
“Alexander McQueen by Huntsman” will launch in June at the Bond Street boutique, offering a bespoke service to clientele, influenced by styles seen in the AW12 show such as single-breasted dinner jackets, Prince of Wales checked suiting (complete with breeches and silk-embroidered lapels), and cashmere double-breasted frock coats. 
Creative director Sarah Burton feels that bespoke is a natural progression for the label, “We already offer couture for women, and wanted to add it for men. And our clients were asking for it. With this service we want to give them beautiful, handcrafted clothes, and emphasize artisanal work".
McQueen and Huntsman previously collaborated in 2002 on a short-lived men's bespoke collection which fused East End meets West End London, comprising of avant-garde tailored pinstripe and herringbone suits. The new made-to-order line will be priced between £4,500 to £5,000, with each piece taking around 12 weeks to make.

Image © MrPorter 2012


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