Mood board: Military jackets, antique silver sequin embroidery and oversized painterly floral prints continued the trusted Alexander McQueen attitude to youthful tailoring, while pinstripe suits and clean white shirts under jumpers showed the brand’s connection to tradition is never far away.

Scene setting: Staged at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sarah Burton chose an impressive architectural venue that combined grandeur with straightforward construction.

Finishing touches: Rebellious and controversial piercings through cheeks and Huguenot crosses on lapels added a harshness that seemed to mimic the venue’s metal and glass ceiling framework.