Monday, 15 February 2010
Alexander McQueen, R.I.P
British fashion designer Alexander 'Lee' McQueen was found dead in his Hyde Park flat last Thursday. The fashion world have spoken of their grief in large numbers, Anna Wintour cited his as "one of the greatest talents of his generation" and Kate Moss, a close friend of Lee's, is said to be devestated.
Instead of focusing on the obvious sadness of his death I thought we should celebrate his fashion achievements and remember him for the talent he was.
Who will ever be able to forget the much coveted Alexander McQueen skull scarf of 2005? Any celebrity worth their fashion stripes owns one including Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Ritchie and Kate Moss.
Perhaps more recently, Alexander McQueen has been dressing the likes of the ever fashion-daring Lady Gaga, designing the red lace creation Gaga wore to this years VMA awards and apparently citing her as his "unofficial muse".
Gaga can also be seen dancing in the video for 'Bad Romance' wearing McQueen's infamous Armadillo shoes; the same shoes that caused three models to be cut from McQueen's catwalk show after commenting that they would be unable to walk in them. Gaga and McQueen seemed to be a perfect fashion match - both favouring highly creative, controversial fashion.
McQueen was worn by many celebrities for significant occassions, including the revealing dress Cheryl Cole wore to her 26th birthday. McQueen's catwalk shows were never dull or predictable, including his Paris fashion week show in 2009 where models teetered down the runway in creations that incorporated various pieces of household rubbish.
McQueen's show for his cheaper budget brand McQ in New York has been cancelled out of respect for his family and the future of the fashion label is uncertain. However one thing is for sure, British fashion has suffered a great loss in his passing.
Catwalk shots from www.style.com
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