Tag Archive: McQ

Feb 27 2015

LFW AW15: McQ Alexander McQueen


There is something cool about McQ Alexander McQueen, it has the rock-chick-meets-grunge-with-a-touch-of-glamour going on for it. At the autumn/winter 2015 presentation the design team laid out everything you need to be a cool girl, this wasn’t a collection about just making a statement, rather about styling up great everyday pieces including leather jackets, gorgeous chunky knits, and jeans.

Texture was showcased throughout, from an oversize cream cricket jumper with a panel of what looked like silver foil but felt more like rubber to a shiny silver material that was seen on tops and dresses, and even studs, shearling, chiffon and leopard-print pony skin were featured on the pieces. 

On their own some pieces look rather boring, more classic in design than I expect from McQ, but the beauty of this collection is that the art is in the layering, the pieces look good on their own but even better placed together, especially when the neutral colour palette of grey, white and black is worked alongside the colourful orange, yellow and leopard print pieces. 

As well as showing off the clothing and accessories, McQ also used the Serpentine Gallery space to exhibit the amazing pictures for its AW15 campaign shot by Harley Weir, which kind of had a Kes vibe to them, if you haven’t seen the Northern-based film or read the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave do, both are amazing. 

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[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie – do not reproduce without crediting]

Aug 31 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani For ELLE UK in McQ

I am still working my way through my September issues and the October covers are already being unveiled. September for me was all about Gwen Stefani, I love her cover for Harper’s Bazaar US, and it seems that October is going to follow suit as this is one of the best ELLE UK covers I have seen in a while.

Shot by Matt Irwin, Gwen looks incredible in this very high-fashion full of personality cover, I love the contrast of mixing the digital prints of Peter Pilotto with the flirty florals of the McQ by Alexander McQueen floral skirt. If you are thinking that the McQ looks a little familiar it is because I fell in love with the dress version at the press previews and adored it on Victoria Justice at the Met Gala.

For me the whole look gives the cover a 3D effect and I am sure even though I love it this cover is going to be a little like Marmite – you will either love or hate it.

I am desperate for my subscriber cover to drop through the letterbox, I am hoping that it isn’t just this image with the cover lines stripped off, I want more Gwen!!!

ELLE UK’s October issue will hit newsstands on September 5 will you be buying? Also do you think the mix-matched styling is a little too much or like me do you think Gwen can pull anything off?


Yeah, my subscriber cover just arrived, and it is so what I was hoping it would be. This cover totally shows off why I love Gwen as she is fun, quirky, but still drop-dead sexy. This pose looks even better in the mix-match styling than the newsstand cover and I am so pleased. This is what the subscriber should be – different, unexpected but striking. I love, love, love it!!!

Which do you think is best newsstand or the subscriber version?

[Top Pic: ElleUK.com / Bottom Pic: FashionistaBarbie Instagram]

Jun 20 2012

Emma Stone: Vogue US vs Teen Vogue

Vogue US – July 2012 vs Teen Vogue – August 2012

My style crush on Emma Stone is getting nearly as bad as my one for Diane Kruger, I am not sure why but she just has the unique ability to make me smile. I completely adore her girl-next-door vibe mixed in with a chameleon who can work nearly any look, add in her goofy personality and her stunning beauty and she has it all going on. Seriously her Revlon beauty ads make me look twice, and her red carpet looks keep on wowing me.

With all that love I am so pleased to see Emma finally grace the cover of American Vogue, and what a beauty of a cover it is, surely the best one of the year so far. Shot by Mario Testino, Emma looks divine in a look from Nina Ricci’s autumn/winter 2012 collection on the July 2012 cover, and the accompanying editorial is just as gorgeous featuring looks from Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Prada, and Givenchy.

Vogue US – July 2012

The Teen Vogue August cover, shot by Josh Olins, isn’t quite as striking as the American Vogue cover, but come on how adorable do Emma and Andrew Garfield look together. What I will say is that the purple Louis Vuitton dress that Emma is wearing is such a good colour on her, but I have to be honest I would have preferred it if they had gone for a solo Emma cover – especially if they’d used my favourite floral McQ Alexander McQueen dress that Victoria Justice wore to the Met Gala.

The rest of the editorial is cute, chemistry isn’t amazing considering they are an actual couple as well as co-stars in the latest Spider-Man flick, but I am loving the use of Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Prada, Calvin Klein, and how adorable does Emma look in that Marc by Marc Jacobs hat.

Teen Vogue – August 2012

I think I already know the answer – but which cover do you prefer grown-up or teen Vogue???

[Pics: Vogue US, Teen Vogue]

May 08 2012

Met Gala 2012: Victoria Justice Shines In Floral McQ

Who: Teen star Victoria Justice

Where: At the Met Gala 2012 in New York

Wearing: A floral embroidered tulle bustier McQ Alexander McQueen dress from the autumn/winter 2012 collection, over a velvet embroidered tulle body, velvet chain belt, and an Alexander McQueen black leather and gold studded knuckle box clutch

Verdict: I love it when a young actress dresses their age and this is great dress from the 19 year old, her sweet vibe really looks amazing in this edgy floral number from McQ that I have been looking forward to seeing on the red carpet after I saw it at the press preview.

Last night on the livestreaming Victoria didn’t get much time but I spotted this floral explosion in the madness and intanstly loved it on her. I also love that she didn’t do too much with her hair and make-up, she looks fresh and gorgeous, this is a great entrance onto the red carpet scene for her I can’t wait to see more from her.

Victoria is definitely my best dressed list – does she get your vote?

Also thanks to Miss Magpie on Twitter for cheering me up this morning this adorable sketch of Victoria in McQ – seriously amazing, and it was done in a matter of minutes. I so wish I could draw!!!!

[Pics: via Alexander McQueen Twitter & illustration via Miss Magpie]

Apr 16 2012

Olivier Awards: Ruth Wilson In McQ Alexander McQueen

Who: Best Actress winner Ruth Wilson for her in Anna Christie

Where: At the 36th Olivier Awards with MasterCard held at the Royal Opera House, London

Wearing: A black layered tulle bustier McQ dress with black floral velvet appliques from the autumn/winter 2012 showcased in London, teamed with Alexander McQueen clutch and Mary Jane shoes

Verdict: Ever since I saw this McQ collection up-close I have been dying to see it on the red carpet, I have to admit I thought it would have been a Hollywood starlet but it was nice to see a Brit work the first look from the collection, and what a great choice. This was one of my favourite pieces of the collection and it looked exquisite on her, it has a ballerina-meets-Old Hollywood glamour about it that I just adore and she just shines in it.

I am loving a more glitzy Olivier Awards this year, it is about time that recognising the theatre brought out the stars and big designer names dressing them.

[Pic: courtesy of the Olivier Awards with MasterCard]

Mar 29 2012

AW12 McQ: When Military Meets A Floral Explosion

It isn’t easy to make military romantic, but it seems that Sarah Burton manages it with ease for the Alexander McQueen diffusion line McQ’s autumn/winter 2012 collection. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to see the collection up close at the label’s headquarters in East London, and it was a serious treat to see the incredible craftsmanship up close.

From the exquisite red carpet dresses, to the tailored jackets, nearly as tall as me leather boots, the flashes of tartan, to the OMG breathtaking floral explosion – I was in heaven inspecting the details of this gorgeous collection.

This is the exquisite wedding dress that Kristen McMenamy wore down the McQ runway at London Fashion Week and it is just gorgeous up close, the detailing in the floral patches hand-stitched onto the mesh panelled skirt and bodice is just gorgeous.

I think for autumn I am going to have to invest in a McQ military coat, each and every one of them was just divine, that even with the sun shining outside I wish I was wrapped up in one of them.

For more pictures of the collection head on over to my Facebook page.

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