In a collection with a fiercely imaginative spirit similar to that of couture, there was nothing commercial about McQueen’s F/W 09 presentation. Exaggerated houndstooth and tweed patterns on lady-like suits were topped-off with outlandish hats crafted out of miniature umbrellas. Dominatrix heels and garishly painted lips added to the fantasy, reminiscent of the shocking sensation felt at the Follies-Bergere Theater. Feathered trumpet-shaped strapless dresses came with foot-high platforms to match. The black and red plumage crossed over onto M.C. Escher-Esque bird prints on satin in matching colorways. Even a heavy gauge sweater-knit dresses embodied a circus feel, with tubular components draped around the head and neck. Stepping out of the box, a concept familiar to McQueen, allowed for the most exciting show of the season.