Runway Review: McQ Fall/Winter 2012/2013

McQ, which was created by the late designer Alexander McQueen, has marketed itself as the younger, somewhat cheaper version of the creations from the designer’s fashion house. This line has been seen on such celebrities as Emma Stone, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Hailey Steinfeld. For this season, McQ created a collection based on nature and the delicate balance of purity and corruption within that theme– there were bright flowers on black tulle and leather, silhouettes of ivy leaves and vines in either black or white, and feminine dresses mixed with masculine pantsuits. The collection was done very well and was visually interesting– my favorite look was a black dress with bright daisys all over it (see photo 1; this dress was worn by Emma Stone in the August issue ofย Teen Vogue Magazine). I liked the mixed prints and juxtaposed styles, and there were many dresses I would love to wear and/or emulate, but I felt that there was nothing radically new in the collection (unlike the Fall couture collection from Alexander McQueen, which was innovative and unique). The collection is well done and is very beautiful– and perhaps I am expecting too much from Sarah Burton, creative director of McQ and the House of Alexander McQueen, since I loved the original designer so much– but I was underwhelmed. Perhaps Spring will fare better.

What do you think of the new collection by McQ? Do you like the collection, or do you find it to be a smidge underwhelming when compared to previous collections from this fashion house?

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