Under the eye of Sarah Burton and the studio team at McQ Alexander McQueen, the Pre-Fall 2015 collection spanned a dizzying array of artistic inspirations in its materials: a stunning jacquard in a Pollock-y splatter, a patent blue-and-white marble print, a shearling-lined biker jacket with a matte “concrete” finish. Even the marabou feathers, which came trapped under tulle in a simple dress; a skirt in bonded denim and buttery leather; and the sporty, no-nonsense knits teamed with a pink glitter bandeau,  classic shift which made the look at once elegant and youthful.

She also incorporated sculptural details and even some ladylike chic — though this being McQ, it all came with a sense of irreverence.

Even distilled into contemporary pieces with lots of sporty edge, they’re the kind of contrasts that are still synonymous with McQueen’s legacy today.