Long Live McQueen

11Feb10

Coming home from seeing the Olympic torch this morning, the first thing I hear from my dad is “Did you know Alexander McQueen is dead?”  I was completely speechless.  I couldn’t believe it.  But there it was, on the front page of the Scottish paper.

I remember the first time I saw McQueen, it was the chessboard show, with the models as life sized chess pieces.  I was completely floored.  This was a far cry from the typical straight-up-and-down runway even the most unique of designers adhered to.  I thought “this is what fashion has been waiting for”.  This man was like nothing we’d ever seen before.

The fashion world has lost a great talent today.  But more than anything, the world lost an artist.  An innovator.  Someone who pushed the boundaries and didn’t believe in the word “ordinary”.  Someone so young and with so much talent shouldn’t have left so early, and especially in the way that it happened.

I truly hope that the McQueen line stays alive and continues to stun the world for years to come.

EDIT: The fate of the line is now under question.  According to an article from The Cut, Gucci Group is unsure if the line will be continued as it may not be financially viable for them without Lee at the helm.  There is question of who could possibly be similar enough in terms of visionary in order to replace the “l’enfant terrible” of the fashion industry.

However, I heard something very interesting from someone at the Alexander McQueen store in Las Vegas (I called to place an order for a scarf as Holt Renfrew in Vancouver is apparently sold out according to my Twitter contacts).  He said that there is someone who could take over for McQueen.  Lee’s assistant (I believe he said her name is Sarah) has been with him ever since college and, while Lee himself designs all of the couture-wear, most of the ready to wear are her own designs.  She is well versed enough in his archives and his style to confidently continue the line.  The question is-will the McQueen family allow her (or anyone) to continue on the line using his namesake?  Or will Gucci Group decide to scrap the line regardless?  I truly hope that they consider this woman to take over the line.  It is tragic enough to lose such an iconic designer, but what a loss it would be if the line he built up over the past couple of decades will come to such an untimely end as well.  For his sake, I really hope this isn’t the end of McQueen.

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4 Responses to “Long Live McQueen”

  1. Im not sure if I wanna see anyone take over McQueen. He was so special no one can fill the void he left.

  2. 2 chloeh

    I think, if his assistant is prepared to take over the line, she should be allowed to do so.

    Lee didn’t seem to be an arrogant, or possessive, person and from what he said, I’m sure he wanted his house to continue; assuming the current high standard of design could be maintained, of course.

    RIP Lee – we’re missing you and your genius.

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