Alexander McQueen Gives The Knuckleduster An Upgrade
When it comes to Alexander McQueen’s most recognisable motifs we don’t blame you for immediately thinking about the brand’s penchants for the macabre. From creepy crawlies to the famous skull, late designer Lee McQueen never shied away from juxtaposing the hyper-feminine with the gruesome. Having grown up in Stratford, the brand’s founder constantly drew on East London’s working class for inspiration, specifically the women who the designer saw as tough yet feminine. None of his designs captures this idea better than the brand’s iconic Skull Four Ring box clutch introduced in 2009, which creative director Sarah Burton has continued to develop over the years since.
Since then the style has seen many iterations, with the Jewelled Satchel being a favourite. While small in stature the design packs a punch with the knuckle duster detail. The sleek chain strap has made it a favourite for adding some edge to any eveningwear look. Now, it’s getting an even tougher iteration with the Biker Jewelled Satchel. Swapping out the signature chain for a broad leather strap, the design is perfect for everyday wear.
Aptly named for its biker aesthetic, the style is anything but subtle and its various colour ways reflect that. From midnight black to hot rod red, the brand’s latest it-bag in the making wasn’t made with wallflowers in mind. Still, if it’s the ‘tough-as-nails’ look you’re going for the Biker Jewelled Satchel comes in a fully studded style that takes centre stage in the campaign by photographer David Sims who previously shot the brand's pre-spring campaign. As if we needed a reminder that the McQueen women isn't one to be messed with.