Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rest In Peace, Alexander McQueen.

There are no words that can possibly fully express how I feel today upon learning about the death of fashion's "enfant terrible", Alexander McQueen.

The British designer's untimely death -- from an apparent suicide -- comes not too long after the tech-savvy presentation of his mind-blowing Spring 2010 collection and just as New York Fashion Week has kicked off on the east coast.

Reeling from today's news, the fashion industry is plugging along with a heavy heart, as his McQ presentation was cancelled and the McQueen store in the Meatpacking District shut down until this coming Saturday.

McQueen, who lost his dear friend and hat aficionado Isabella Blow back in 2007 to suicide, lost his mother last week as well, with whom he was very close.

Those who admired the designer knew him for his repeated use of skulls -- remember those McQueen scarves flying off shelves in recent years? -- and his tendency to mix the dark with the whimsical. His shows were grand spectacles, and though his label went through a rollercoaster of finances, McQueen's many, many supporters in and out of the industry never left his side -- and rightfully so, because the man was pure brilliance and innovation, a true design genius who has, as devastating as it is to us all, taken his final runway bow.

Click here for an honorable retrospective of his work, done by The Cut.

The mourning of his death will go on long after today ends.

Rest in peace, Alexander McQueen. There will never be another like you.

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