The main on-trend detail was the lack of tie, which in this instance actually worked quite well. First of all, a full suit, buttoned to the neck but without a necktie, is traditionally the outfit of nebbish weirdos — which fits in perfectly with the unsettling, serial-killerish vibe of this collection. Secondly, these suits are far more mature than the typical buttoned-to-the-collar shirt outfits we’ve been seeing on the catwalks (and on hipster guys. And Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes.) for the past year or so.
There’s a trick to wearing a collared shirt with no tie, and it’s mostly to do with the shape and spread of the collar. As a rule, the distance between the points of the collar should correspond with the width of the tie, meaning that wider ties go with collars that spread out at a wider angle, and so on. If you think about it, this makes sense because the closer together the points of the collar, the less room there is for a tie. If you look at the shirts in this McQueen show, the collars are all long and thin, and point almost directly downwards. If you were to wear a tie with these shirts, there would barely be enough room for the knot. — Fall 2013 Menswear: Alexander McQueen.