The SS16 runway show was inspired by Huguenot refugees. What British inspiration is coming to their London revival?



Alexander McQueen To Blaze The London Runway After 14 Years

God save the McQueen. Cult favorite label Alexander McQueen is staging a fashion homecoming for February’s London Fashion Week, but it’s for one season only. The unusual move will mark the first time the design house has staged a show in London since the late designer’s death in 2010, and will be the first show away from Paris since Sarah Burton took over the helm. The AW16 womenswear show is shrouded in mystery at this point, with no explanation for the move, but we can bet it will be one show that can’t be missed.

Florals and weaving inspired last year's collection. We're hoping William Gladstone's whip collection will factor into the upcoming show.
Florals and weaving inspired last year’s collection. We’re hoping William Gladstone’s whip collection will factor into the upcoming show.

England is part of the McQueen DNA, and last season’s SS16 collection took inspiration from the story of Huguenot refugees, who fled from France to settle around Spitalfields during the 17th century. That collection blended vintage woven styles with floral designs, giving the garments a look fit for your pilgrimage across the 17th century London countryside. We’re hoping that for next season, the label is as inspired as we are by the story of Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone’s secret collection of whips. BDSM is the new black, right?


Stay tuned for more details on the biggest surprise runway relocation since Givenchy took over NYFW in September. The Return of the McQueen is scheduled to take place at 7pm on Sunday, February 21.

Images via Louise Damgaard, Chloé Le Drezen, and Alexander McQueen. 

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