In April of this year, Alistair Carr left Pringle of Scotland in what was supposedly a “mutual decision” (is it every really mutual?) after only a year as the brand’s design director. Now, Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line, McQ, has confirmed that they have tapped Carr to be its head of design. In addition to his year at Pringle, Carr’s impressive resume includes stints at Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marni, Cacharel, and Chloé. He also previously showed his eponymous label at London Fashion Week for three seasons.
Carr's first collection for McQ will be for Pre-Fall and he will be responsible for menswear, womenswear, and accessories, though he will report to Sarah Burton, who maintains overall creative control of the brand image.
Forum members are excited about Carr’s new role at McQ. “YES! Such great news! I love Alistair and he's perfect for McQ. Can't wait for this,” Marc10 exclaimed.
“Agreed,” wrote Psylocke. “I was quite sad about him only being at Pringle for such a short time, he did a great job and I can't wait to see what he will bring to McQ. Seems like the perfect brand for him to design for.”
Though McQ held a runway show last season at London Fashion Week, it seems presentations will likely be the format of choice going forward. We wish Carr the best of luck, and can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the McQ customer. Let's hope he's allowed more than a single year to prove himself worthy of the position.