For AW13, McQ offers a grown-up collection that instinctively remains true to the brand’s rebellious and street-inspired heritage. Often mixing the traditional and the modern, the collection juxtaposes contrasting fabrics and colours in unexpected ways. Shapes from the McQueen archive inspired by different historical periods in British history are re-imagined. Following on from Pre-Fall, the collection features pieces that are re-engineered, twisted or fused together to create something new. Tiger prints dominate the collection, appearing in many guises. A grey traditional Prince of Wales check series features a black lacquer tiger overlay and includes fringing from the same fabric. Texture is key: garments are fringed, pleated, or come in tactile fabrics like mohair and wool. Outerwear and tailoring draws inspiration from the nautical, including a coat and a peacoat with sheepskin sleeves and brass buttons. A more relaxed, urban feel still runs throughout – street culture-inspired printed jeans, bomber jackets and leather bikers continue to provide the backbone of the collection.