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.
Leave it to some of our favorite boundary-pushing diffusion lines — Mc Q, an offshoot of Alexander McQueen, and Coming Soon, from designer Yohji Yamamoto — to deliver style that's equal parts fashion-forward and completely wearable. Among our favorite finds in this youthful lot are the satin chiffon party dresses, the military jackets, and the hipper-than-thou asymmetric cotton plaid skirt. Whatever you choose, each piece will place you at the forefront of style.
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