Milan, June 25, 2012 – Another fine collection to come out of Milan this past week, the dandy creations of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 has captivated us. Inspired by Thomas Mann’s, Death in Venice and Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray – Burton explores and reinterprets the theme of male vanity in a contemporary context. Not the first SS13 collection to be swayed by both literature and turn of the century fashion, Burton’s pieces are something else.
Given that both Mann’s and Wilde’s works were made into movies, it was probably easier to visualize the styling and gain an understanding of what these protagonists might dress like today. That is to say, had they been around today, they would probably be wearing Alexander McQueen SS13. Unlike Gucci SS13, this is for the man who seeks out the spotlight, even when there is none in sight. A peacock or even dragonfly? Anisopteric-patterned Art Deco on sports jackets, a tuxedo and a black and white trench, embroidered silver and Gustav Klimt print jacquard suits – designed to satisfy the most vain amoung us.