February 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)


Among the ranks of Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gautier, and John Galliano-the kings of luxury craftsmanship that have kept Paris in reign of fashion's dictatorship-Alexander McQueen made his mark after being christened by the French to design for couture house Givenchy. After five years, he'd had enough, and went on to launch his own label. He built an empire of a brand with his truly British spirit, while still showing and exerting his influence from Paris. 

There is no other fashion designer that was able to marry a deep rebellion in artistry and a commitment to appreciation for beauty quite like McQueen. His designs, while elaborate, were ofter gothic, dark, and shocking. According to Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster, McQueen stormed out of a meeting with Bernard Arnault, after being handed an opportunity at LVMH any designer would kill for. Arnault knew his rage would set fire to his creativity..yet it was still perfectly disciplined. 

Girls of today's generation don't love Chanel like they do McQueen. He was always protective of a woman's inner animal or alien; beauty was not barbie-like to him. He honored individuality, and will never be forgotten as one of the leaders in today's changing world of fashion. He once said: "It's a new era in fashion-there are no rules. It's about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together." He will never be replaced.


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