WOMEN'S AUTUMN/WINTER 2005 "THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH"

FOR THE SECOND TIME IN HIS CAREER, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN REFERENCES ‘THE BIRDS’ FOR THIS COLLECTION A FILM THAT HE REMEMBERS LOVING AS A CHILD PRINCIPALLY BECAUSE OF THE PRECISE WAY IN WHICH THE WOMEN FEATURED CHOOSE TO DRESS.

Against a film-set backdrop flooded with red light models stride out in swing coats, pencil skirts, neat, cropped trousers and fitted chunky mohair all of which suit a modern-day Hitchcock heroine down to the ground. Given the source of inspiration this may be read as McQueen’s interpretation of co-ordinated dressing almost vintage Hermes style – crocodile sling-backs are teamed with matching handbags, for example. Hair is big, bouffant and blow dried and lips are painted true red.