McQ Alexander McQueen for Target
GOD SAVE MCQUEEN High-end British designer Alexander McQueen recently said one reason he’s collaborating on the new McQ Alexander McQueen for Target line is that he wants to infiltrate the Midwest. We’d like to think the sensible shoppers in Middle America (at least here in Chicago) are already familiar with McQueen’s asymmetric, rock & roll– and 1980s-inspired looks, but if not, you’ll get a formal introduction when the clothes hit shelves on Wednesday 4 (available through April 14). The edgiest Target collab to date—but still not pushing enough buttons for our taste, especially considering McQueen’s preference for all things punk—features leggings with zippers, a bright purple mesh tunic, a shrunken black blazer paired with cropped pants as well as graphic tees starring the collection’s muse, Leila Moss (the frontwoman for U.K. band the Duke Spirit—the big-box retailer is also selling a compilation CD of songs from the band). Sure-fire hits from the line include a gray studded denim jacket ($60), black sleeveless blouse ($30), high-waisted black skirt ($50) and a black leather vest ($130). Now that a designer of McQueen’s caliber has entered Target’s aisles, the bar has been raised, and we’re excited to see which big names will work with the store next. Locations around the city, target.com.