The catwalk debut of Sarah Burton’s McQ diffusion line was filled with all the drama we have come to expect from its parent brand, with stiff military styles giving way to Gothic lace, velvet and even a splash of tartan.
Guests were led into the McQueen woodland, with crisp autumn leaves underfoot and a floral scent filling the air, providing an atmospheric backdrop for this extraordinary collection. The military coat was a staple, offered in shades of khaki, metallic green and grey, complemented by stiff halo hair, over-the-knee lace up boots and statement black belts.
The nipped-in waists recurred throughout the collection, keeping the floatier, feminine styles in check as blood-red lace and floral puffball skirts were introduced. The woodland theme was reflected in the autumnal colour palette and leaf embroidery creeping onto full skirts, while the standout piece was a stunning flared tartan frock coat that made an impression in its shades of blue and turquoise.
With its mix of the stern and the soft, its dramatic undertones and equally unusual backdrop, McQ’s debut will not be easily forgotten.