McQueen designer shows wild side after winning acclaim with royal wedding dress

MILAN – She may have shot to global fame as the designer of the much-admired royal wedding dress, but Sarah Burton hasn’t forgotten the bread-and-butter of the fashion business.

In her first major fashion show since being unveiled as the designer behind Kate Middleton’s nuptial gown, Burton showed her wilder side during the presentation Monday of Alexander McQueen’s menswear collection for next spring and summer.

The line paid tribute to the English rock star, not a small market niche.

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He’s larger-than-life, going for bold and even clashing patterns. But he also has an elegant side, with well-tailored suits in more subdued shades.

Plaid pants were paired with a checked baseball jacket, the patterns clashing but the black-and-white colour schemes in harmony. Horizontal striped sweater went along with pinstriped pants, as though they were always meant to.

And these were not the most attention-seeking rocker moments. Those went to roomy black or red zebra-striped pyjama pants, which could be paired with a red blouson with a sewn-in tie that could actually have been a bow. A long red-and-white striped jacket had something of the Mad Hatter. In fact, it was topped with a white hat graced by a single feather.

For the stage, there were golden thread pinstriped pants. For photo shoots, rockers could don a chest-baring deep V-neck sweater with silky trouser, or a floral tapestry jacket with matching peacock blue pants.

Burton may have been thinking ahead to next summer’s Olympic Games in London – on the mind of a few designers showing in Milan this week – when she added a few pieces in Union Jack red, white and blue, including a cardigan sweater worn over a blue mesh T-shirt.

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