McQueen was known as “the hooligan of English fashion” for his button-pushing runway shows and for his rebellion against the industry’s elite. But everyone agrees that prior to his passing, the son of a London taxi driver was the best damn tailor in the business. Chalk that up to the time he spent on London’s Savile Row, where he apprenticed before pursuing his MA at London’s Central Saint Martins College. McQueen's mix of classic fit, embellished surfaces, and slightly Gothic sensibilities earned the line a long list of admirers, awards, and honors, including a CBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2003. And with McQ, that celebrated, signature McQueen aesthetic gets democratized in the form of accessible cuts, prices, and styles.
The legacy of Alexander McQueen’s remarkable ability to marry stunning technical skill with the very untechnical business of creative design endures with these witty riffs on traditional summerwear, like T-shirts (here, asymmetrically hemmed) and gingham (here, appearing with a floral pattern). The perfectly cut jeans of Australian denim maker Ksubi, on the other hand, offer a serious jean, ripped and worn but never broken.
Bespoken’s founders cut their teeth at Britain’s venerable shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser, and carry on the legacy of fine shirting with their button-downs, here with club, pointed and shrunken collars. The legacy of Alexander McQueen, on the other hand, is evident in these witty riffs on traditional summerwear, like T-shirts (here, asymmetrically hemmed) and plaid blazers (here in faded stone and red). Hyden Yoo's version of summer involves shawl-collared, short-sleeved sweaters and nylon windbreakers. Pack it all into your LB7 tote — in shiny nylon — and head to the high-fashion beach to enjoy the rest of the summer in style.
Designer Alexander McQueen recognizes that with menswear, balance is everything. His McQ collection clothes meld punk rock and gentlemanly sensibilities. For the times you want to turn up the volume, see the graphic tees and skinny jeans in electric colors; for a look that’s more dapper-with-an-edge, check out the single-breasted checked blazers and sweaters with embroidered crests.
Occasionally we'll have a sale that is so comprehensive it defies description. But let’s try, anyway, shall we? Here goes: The Main Event gathers some of our favorite brands, from Acne to McQ to Reiss—not to mention Rogan and Rogue—into one massive sale that could only be called, well, The Main Event.