Alexander McQueen menswear: full look book and video

In the space where historically-influenced tailoring meets contemporary youthfulness, you’ll find the fall 2012 menswear collection from Alexander McQueen. Designer Sarah Burton was inspired by nineteenth-century portraits from Vanity Fair – portraits that spanned the social spectrum of boys to noblemen – and the fact is evidenced in everything from the cropped britches (worn atop long socks) to the coats thrown back like tails.

These stately, dapper silhouettes have enough of a modern edge to come off feeling far from stuffy. And then, to really drive home the modernity of the collection, Burton drops in details like bold all-over prints, cropped bomber-style jackets with leather or sateen contrast sleeves, and tuxedo pieces that a daring enough male could wear day as well as night.

The collection’s look book is also accompanied by a film directed by Marlon Rueberg, and starring models featuring models Henry Pedro-Wright, Ysham Avdulahi with Greg Buckley, Kumi Keazor, Alex Bennett & Jermaine Josephs.

Check out the full Alexander McQueen menswear fall 2012 look book by clicking on the gallery, or hit play to watch the film above.