MEN'S SPRING/SUMMER 2008 "PLEASE SUR"

THE STARTING POINT FOR THIS COLLECTION IS A 1961 LEROY GRANNIS IMAGE OF A BOY SURFING IN A BLACK SUIT AND WHITE SHIRT BEARING MORE THAN A PASSING RESEMBLANCE TO A YOUNG MATT DILLON.

This leads McQueen into a summery study of the nature of male camaraderie. The tailoring that always provides the backbone to any McQueen men’s wear collection is here all present and correct but is this time broken up into separates. On the rare occasion that is worn complete an oversized jacket is paired with skinny trousers, say, or vice versa. The image of a rogue traveller is emphasised by backpack and suit carriers fashioned to mimic surf board cases and a collaged snapshot image holiday print. More than a free-wheeling hippy, this character is also an ultra-sharp dresser. At this point, Bruce Davidson’s photographic tome, Brooklyn Gang: Summer 1959 inspires a contemporary re-thinking of rebel dress.