14th November 2017
This fall, McQ plunges into the ‘90s Manchester music movement, which was amplified by the rave and acid house scene. What started with the music became an international aesthetic, as ‘baggy’ became known as the genre and the style. It’s that languid mood – the sense that everything can happen at your own pace – which sets the tone.
This ‘90s Manchester movement was spearheaded by the infamous nightclub and music venue The Hacienda. It opened its doors in the late ‘80s, with a factory-line aesthetic of hazard tape, spotlights and stark wooden interiors and consequently proved the perfect place for a nightclub. The former yacht builders shop and warehouse was financed by record label Factory Records and Manchester’s home bred band New Order. With New Order and its co-founder Peter Hook running the gig, the Hacienda’s musical influence on the city’s music scene started from the word dot.
This was the cathedral of club culture and the DJ booth alone saw more stars walking through it than the Chateau Marmont on Sunset during awards season. Madonna, Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, the list is as long as its legacy. DJs who played there were some of the most prestigious in the world, while Acid house anthem “A Guy Called Gerald” was born at The Hacienda.
Now 35 years on since the club’s opening, whether you were alive at the time, a frequent visitor with one of those famous Hacienda cards, or none of the above, its influence on the way we club, what we listen to and warehouse rave culture lives on.
This season’s Fall-Winter collection reflects the ambience of that rave, grunge wardrobe. From the baggy to the British-Japanese influence and acid house inspired knits with striped-neons that would sit at home on the Hacienda’s dancefloor. Washed denim paired with leather and tailoring. Its eclectic, practical and utilitarian with nods to Factory Records and a salute to the ever-inspiring Hacienda and its legacy.
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