To inspire and prepare her Alexander McQueen collections, Sarah Burton likes to take her creative team on trips. This time they headed to the small towns outside of Manchester, where she grew up and where mills still produce many of the textiles used for men’s suits in the United Kingdom and abroad. Burton’s focus in this show was therefore on British products, traditions and culture, with references ranging from the suffragettes to punk and new wave, without forgetting the English rose. It started with tailoring made from English wool exported around the world. The looks were structured and severe but softened by asymmetry, pleats, ruffles and draping. The same contrast teamed floral and lace dresses with chains and leather straps and chokers. The designer also tapped into the recycling trend, creating a Glen plaid coat in which the skirt was made from offcuts upcycled from the cutting room floor.