Alexander McQueen’s founder and designer, the late Lee McQueen, began his career on London’s Savile Row. An influence easy to see with the tough British label’s structured tailoring. Filtering through to the brand’s Italian-crafted slippers, ballet pumps and loafers, the sentiment is continued by current creative director Sarah Burton, adding a new femininity to its dramatic designs and collections. The flash of an embroidered skull or tough hardware on a dapper flat adds unexpected intrigue to formal suiting and smart ensembles. Searing sherbet hues make a statement for day, while shimmering metallic leather style will take you effortlessly from meetings to parties. When the weather turns, something more substantial is a necessity and that’s when the studded biker boots come into play. Wear them with everything from dresses to denim.

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