Alexander McQueen SS22: Poetic Justice

The Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2022 Men's Collection is inspired by English poet and artist William Blake.

Compiled by Samreen Khoja

Rose Hues

The British fashion label gives a lyrical quality to each piece: hazy watercolor pigments and dramatic architectural structures juxtaposed by crisp tailoring. Photographer Paolo Roversi captures each look against a backdrop straight out of 18th century London, emphasising the timeless romanticism of McQueen's ensembles.

Clad In Ivory

Blake’s influence is pervasive across the collection by Sarah Burton. Graphics, embroidery, and even a t-shirt dress show the softer edges of the house’s punk roots. This is a collection that questions codes of tradition, masculinity, and everything in between. Seen here is an ivory scuba wool tailored coat and ivory wool peg trousers with folded silver zip detailing.

The Tailored Goods

Poets and artists infuse our lives with romance, daring us to dream bigger and love harder. For the brand's latest collection, Alexander McQueen does exactly that. The brand's collection captures the serendipitous beauty of art that emerges from the darkness. There was an underlying doubleness theme explored in an ingeniously double-lapeled tailored jacket.

Into The Darkness

Taking inspiration from the English poet, William Blake, Burton described the collection as “drawing on the concept of imagination as a pure form of escapism, it centres around lightness, air, and water – on beauty emerging from darkness.” Seen here is a black wool tailoring with slashed sleeves and spiral silver zip detailing. The men’s jewelry was also beautiful.

Swirl It

Image and imagination were interwoven in Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2022 Men's Collection. Seen here is a wool and silk structured suit with rippled swirls of deep teal and ruby provides a bridge between the realms of the surreal and the sensible.

All That Drama

Away from Blake a ruffled jacket was another exploration of the space between conventionally gendered archetypes in dress code. Zippers curled around arms or acted as darting as another functionally decorative brushstroke designed to pique your perception of release and restraint. Seen here is a double-breasted tailored coat with exploded ruffles and black cotton silk slim trousers.

Questiong Codes

In the dreamy Spring/Summer men's installment influenced by escapist desires, exploded ruffles become sleeveless details on a tailored jacket, and printed ruffled shirts channel new menswear identities. Seen here is a sleeveless tailored tuxedo jacket with exploded ruffles and tonal satin side stripe slim trousers.

Fades Of Blue

William Blake once described peace as “the human dress.”  and Sarah Burton applied Blake’s visual imagery to the collection. This included a conventional “womenswear” outfit but here presented as “menswear.” Its top was rib-framed, racerback-shaped, and fashioned of a beautifully-embroidered Blake reproduction, and its asymmetric skirt was built from ripped strips of organza, tulle, and chiffon in graduating fades of blue.