Thursday, March 18, 2010

McQueen is dead, long live McQueen!

On February 11, we learned that Alexander McQueen had ended his life (see R.I.P. Alexander McQueen posted on February 12, 2010). On March 10, 2010, his last collection was presented in Paris, at the Hôtel de Clermont-Tonnerre.

Here is what Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director at Paris Fashion Week had to say about it:

The late designer Alexander McQueen's Autumn Winter 2010 collection has been unveiled at Paris Fashion Week. McQueen, who is celebrated as the “bad boy of British fashion”, was working on the collection when he committed suicide in London almost a month ago, aged 40.
These last designs were heavily religious, and inspired by Byzantine and Renaissance artists, including Botticelli. The presentations were held in the 18th-century
Hôtel de Clermont-Tonnerre where seven models processed in courtly fashion through a gilded, mirrored, salon.
The design future of the label rests with the studio team, led by Sarah Burton, who worked alongside McQueen for 16 years.

(Source:, Alexander McQueen autumn/winter)

Personally, I am amazed by it. I'm not a fan of the rooster head hairdo, but the gold, red, off white and black hold a classical elegance and I would love to get my hands on such fabrics. The beauty of it adds to the melancholy at having lost its creator, by his own hand.

Let us now have a moment of silence (meaning I will now shut up - textually) to admire the last of his creations.

Photos from New York Magazine, Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 RTW Show.

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