As I look out the window to a faintly smoky-skied San Francisco, this Alexander McQueen motif from his Resort collection seems very relevant. In case you didn't hear, there were wildfires in Northern California recently, and the smoke spread to other parts of the state. Freaky? A little. When I first saw this wisp of a print, I had to zoom in. What is that?!
Many see McQueen as a portent in the fashion world, and, yes, he is pretty dope. He has always had his own aesthetic; slightly dark, immensely feminine, completely captivating. This moody motif actually evolved from a pattern on trenchcoats, to tromp l'oeil embroidery on shirts and pants, to a print on T-shirts and an LBD. We see prints on clothes day in and day out, but this one is a stand-out. The smoking and fashion debate continues; what about in this case? Can you make an exception? (Yes)