Anarchy, rebellion, revolution. Those words describe the McQ manifesto, and you can see it in this AW10 collection, patchwork punk. Only Lee Alexander McQueen could take something so colloquial as patchwork and give it a dark and more meaningful twist. While we’ve seen patchwork denim in collections such as Chloe and Cheap Monday, they have merely reminded how playful the idea of patching up really is. However the McQ collection, the last one McQueen worked on, has darker tones, with a darker autumn palette which alludes to filth and scraping together whatever we can, desperation, maybe? Only in the most heartfelt way.
McQueen was one of my favorite designers, and though I didn’t know him personally… his suicide affected me deeply. While we tend to ask why, when someone so talented and successful as he, we all know that money, success, and talent don’t always equate to happiness. I will forever miss his way of rethinking that of which we already know.