Alexander McQueen Menswear Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on January 09, 2013


All hail the return of the dandy. It seems to us that menswear is slowly bringing the idea of putting the effort in on clothing back to the masses. Not that we think the masses are all going to rush out to buy pieces from this collection, but there’s a luxe, look-at-me feel that represents the best of dandy-ism. The looks are dramatic, impeccable, and sleek. We love the patchwork feel of some of the looks and the stained glass motif, which seems especially appropriate given the collection’s underlying ecclesiastic feel to it; an odd juxtaposition of almost feminine finery with a priestly cast.




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  • The hair and face… things… remind me of those Duracell commercials with the plastic people from the 90s.

    • NC_Meg

       Yea…I can’t look at the clothes because I’m staring at the faces. Are some of them wearing clear masks? Are their faces shiny or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

      • Aly

        Reminds me of Gigolo Joe from the movie A.I

      • j_anson

        I think some of them are wearing cellophane masks, yeah, and I literally got all the way down here pretty much not having looked at the clothes because it was so distracting and off-putting. No.

    •  The clear, plastic masks make the models look like serial killers to me…

      • Louise Bryan

        Definitely put a horror movie spin on the collection.  Interesting after watching AHS Asylum last night.  Monsignor Timothy looks almost as smooth as one of those plastic face covers, which, hopefully, have air holes.  *shudder*

    • Huh.  It half put me in the mind of Primus’ Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver video and half of Pee Wee Herman.  I’ll have to youtube those, can’t for the life of me remember a Duracell commercial.  All I see is the Energizer Bunny.

    • kimmeister

      I was thinking of those gel face masks that you allow to dry and then peel off to clean your pores.

      • AthenaJ

        Now I’m feeling the need to exfoliate.

  • buildmeatower

    Barring that row of patterns/florals and the very last two, I will take one of everything please. Preferably tailored to fit people with breasts, but I’m not picky. I’ll manage if they come built for straight torsos.

    (In other news I do not appreciate the attempt to turn the models into classic ventriloquists’ dolls in the slightest.)

  • VioletFem

    Some of these outfits have a 1930’s gangster vibe to them.

  • jmorino08

    I’m getting a major Crispin Glover/PeeWee Herman vibe here. Just me?

    • Sobaika

      The hair is DEFINITELY channeling PeeWee.

    • Haha! But that’s actually a very good thing, in my book!

    • PaulaBerman

       I think you are getting that vibe partially from the hem lines… very flood water, Pee Wee pant lengths. Is this going to be a new thing? I can’t get behind that, though it might be easier for these guys than getting the hem correct.

  • I agree, those big wide collars and pinstripes do look gangsterish, Violetfem.  I just love the way these clothes look, also futuristic fantasy modern.  Good for looking at.  No one I know would wear them.  But they might be influenced by them.

  • hughman

    I thought of Gilbert and George. It all has a very effete English vibe to it that seems to luxuriate in almost mathematical precision. The models are also v. Jude Law in “AI” which adds to the effect. 

    • h0n0rb

      Gilbert and George! Thank you! All I could think of was ‘viktor and rolf’? ‘bang and olufsen’? someone and someone!

  • Kate4queen

    Their faces scare me. The clothes are divine.

  • Nicholas

    I’m not feeling them at all. Compared to someone like, say, I don’t know, Ferragamo, it just seems weak, but maybe there is a McQueen signature to redeem it I am not fashion-savvy enough to notice.

  • pattyw

    Alan Cummings in everything, but especially the 6th row.

    •  I was just thinking that these were absolutely made for Alan Cumming.

  • MK03

    OH GOOD GOD, whoever had the boneheaded idea to style them in plastic wigs and serial-killer face masks needs to be blacklisted from the fashion industry.

    • Ah but it is a consistent part of McQueen runway presentations to do things that are deliberately provocative, disturbing, and even sometimes grotesque.

      That said, I’m with you on this. I could really have done without the masks.

  • e jerry powell

    I don’t mind a lot of it.  I haven’t been able to say that about McQueen’s menswear very often.

  • Trisha26

    Love the color-block/patchwork looks & the overall sophistication & creativity. 

  • spooki C

    these are lovely and the styling is eye catching. menswear is usual a bore.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The coats are fabulous.

  • I do love a good dandy look, but this particular flavor isn’t for me.  Gotta love McQueen though – I’ll take experimental over dull any day.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I really want to see Sir Ian McKellen in the bottom row/middle pic ensemble.  Perhaps while lounging in a large chair and introducing Masterpiece Theater.

    • Universe, please make this happen. Thank you.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    That coat on the fifth row down, center column.  After I lose 100 lbs and 20 years, I will battle someone to the death for it.

  • Rand Ortega

    Did the Dandy ever depart?

    • formerlyAnon

       The Dandy NEVER really departs, but the number of his less-committed lesser Dandies and Dandies-In-Training waxes and wanes.

  • JauntyJohn

    It’s not for everyone that’s for sure (but what is?).  I like how striking the colorblock pieces are… but the I-put-on-my-blazer-over-my-bathrobe-over-my-matching-pajamas thing?  A bridge too far.

    • formerlyAnon

       Ha! I particularly liked the 24-hour layered look. Knowing full well no-one is going to pull it off, not even the models are really managing it.

  • Zippypie

    The plastic masks/hair creep me out like a Picture of Dorian Gray but the clothes are really pretty damn cool.  Not sure I love the shortness of the trousers on the suits, but I’m kinda digging the dandy priest thing going on.

  • o that camel coat…… oh my….

    •  Yeah, that was my reaction to that garment, too. Gor. Geous.

    • MissAmynae

      yes, please oh please.  its an investment coat if there ever was one!!  

      I’m coveting that red “patchwork” blazer.

  • guest2visits

    I could do without seeing the plastic masks ever again; although the painted on doll hair look is kind of a neat styling effect.
    Most of this looks more like Dick Tracy comic book as opposed to classic sophistication.
    I would love to see a celeb attempt that multiple pinstripe; 3rd in the 2nd row.  Or the dramatic quilted coat; 1st in the last row.

  • PeggyOC

    Paging Mr. Cummings.  Alan Cummings, front and center.  Your suits have arrived.

    • I was just going in to write that! My first thought was I can’t wait to see Alan Cummings in those suits.

    • Melvis Velour

      I was thinking Jude Law in A.I. actually

  • I can’t wait to see JGL in one of those patchwork suits!

  • looks good on runway….retails another story!

  • l_c_ann

    Coming soon to a convenience store (robbery) near you: plastic face masks.

  • Gaaahhhh!!! I can’t with those masks.  Freaky serial killer things.  Ok, a deep breath and back to actually look at the clothes.  I can do this!!!

  • MilaXX

    Interesting. I think Samuel Jackson could wear that long coast in the middle on the first row, and I want to see Alan Cummings or RDJ in that orange & blue patterned suit.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Second row, suit on the right really caught my eye. I’m not sure if I’d rather buy it for my husband, or grow a John Thomas and wear it myself.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t really like it, but I respect it!!

  • Since when are high water pants back in fashion?

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Really not feeling this. Every look screams “asshat”

  • J. Preposterice

    Gomez Addams has just ordered the entire collection. 

    (That is a compliment.)

  • formerlyAnon

    These are interesting, but don’t look good enough on the models to convince me that even stylish average joes are going to be able to wear them as displayed here.  But maybe the toned-down, one-or-two pieces at a time versions?  I  especially like the looks that remind me of layered dressing gowns and/or skirts over pants.

    There’s nothing really outre, but most of these look “hard to wear” (without looking gawky, chunky, or shambling) on the models, which never bodes well.

  • stoprobbers

    I am a woman and I covet half of this collection. #6 belongs on Idris Elba btw. Like, right now. 

  • quiltrx

    Love the coats, and love the suits with the juxtaposition of different stripes.  Not too sure about the stained glass looks, which I bet Alan Cumming and Brad Goreski could pull off, but nobody else.

    (oh, and the blurry-face masks will be returning later tonight in my nightmares.)

  • A stained-glass suit is the perfect thing with which to hypnotize me as a clear-masked wearer advances with murder in his dead eyes O.o

  • BrooklynBomber

    Suitbots. God, it’s scary to see them marching in rows of three.

  • MsMajestyk

    aka The Kraftwerk Kollection

  • Linderella

    I’ll take any and all of the clothes from the first 16 pictures, especially the long coats.  It falls apart remarkably fast after that.

  • sleepycat

    I want that red patchwork coat. The styling, however, is terrible 

  •  As if inspired by the creepy killers loeb and leopold. Well, after all, a Broadway musical (“Thrill Me”) was inspired by their love affair and terrible crime too, which is actually a disturbing thought.

    • boweryboy

      It also inspired Hitchcock’s Rope and that movie Swoon and I think The Smiths/Morrissey wrote a song inspired by it too.

  • Lynn Landry

    I WANT DANDY! Call me nutso, but I kinda liked…

  • a_liking

    LOVE the patchwork-esque suits in the fifth row and the patterned ensemble on the end of the sixth. I would love to see some younger guy — JGL? RPattz? — try and werq one.

  • boweryboy

    The shoes are a bit girly for me.  I love some of the long coats although I could never pull them off. And the styling is a bit creepy and offputting.

    Don’t know if Sarah Burton is behind the designs for McQueen menswear, but this collection is very in line with something I can imagine Lee himself designing.  If she isn’t responsible, then give whoever is a chance of breathing some creative fresh air into the women’s wear collection.

  • Citagaze

    Oh I’d rock the hell out of that White/Black turtleneck/pant number. Wow. Give it to me.

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  • Rosington

    Alan Cumming NEEDs to wear those graphic print suits.

  • omg the masks – just like supervillain Raven!

  • Anniebet

    Poor models. They look so miserable.

  • The turtleneck and contrast trousers in the 3rd row look like Bond henchmen. Aside from that I love this collection and want more men to wear this stuff.

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    I get shivers of excitement. You have to admire how Sarah Burton knows this brand inside and out and spins it forward. This is the very dark corner of Savile Row mother warns you about but you just can’t resist.

  • Corsetmaker

    Autons! Perfect LOL!

    And beautiful clothes too.

  • Just once I’d like to see my husband in a velvet smoking jacket. Beautiful cut and styling on a lot of these, although some of the pants could be longer.  I miss seeing men in tailored looks, but maybe that’s just my location (upstate)

  • lalahartma

    I thought the point of the style was to enhance the clothes, not detract.

  • kind of last years’ Prada, no?

  • Unfortunately I can’t even look at the clothing because I am so terrified of the face and hair styling. It reminds me of serial killers in horror movies.

    • RedRaven617

      I have to agree with that. I was so creeped out, the clothes didn’t exist. and way over styled in any case.

  • crash1212

    I’m a woman and I want that first coat – BAD. 

  • StellaZafella

    There was a time when I’d have coveted most of this, except the patterned suits. But I would have worn them in “girl guise”.

  • AceOn6

    I never want to see a guy’s socks. These floods can’t go out of style fast enough.

  • kimmeister

    The long black coat with the red side panels looks really awkward.  The reverse coloring in the first coat works much better.

  • Fab-u-lous! Damn!

  • Derek_anny

    Doesn’t make me yearn for a life where I could wear them.  Not like the Knit-Braid season did.  Except for the center look in the stripe row.

  • A lot of really lovely pieces. I can’t wait to see some of the suits on the red carpet. 

  • love it!  the ecru and black patterned suit could be worn by many dapper young men, and i would kill for the calf length sweater in the center of the print row.  so lovely to wrap up in before the fire during snowy weather.

  • I’m awaiting Alan Cumming wearing one of those crazy suits starting…NOW.

  • Kraftwerk’s Man Machine has gone haywire and keeps making MORE PLASTIC MEN!

  • Ignoring the hair and model, the clothes show me that McQueen is getting it… I’m seeing the young men love more color in their clothes, loving the long trenches, the complementary colors. I’m seeing more and more young men enjoying more diverse fashion as the video game characters they love dress further and further ‘away from the boring norm.’ Only thing I’m not really feeling are those prints..