If not the snow, then McQueen would put a halt to New York Fashion Week.
Early this morning, as many a fashionista would arise to the aftermath of last night's snowmaggedon, anxious to slip on their exquisitely prepped digs for the annual fashion shows in Bryant Park, not a one would expect the news that was issued at around 10:30 AM (ET).
Today, the international fashion world mourns the loss of a TRUE Fashion Genius, Sir Alexander McQueen. His website, alexandermcqueen.com issued this official statement: "On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this." The tragedy comes not more than one week after McQueen's mother lost her life to a long-fighting illness, on February 2nd, 2010.
I could not hold back the tears as I took in the sad news this morning because McQueen, whom the world has come to know as the 'bad boy' of fashion, has blessed us with his unique avant-garde aesthetic and meticulously tailored fashion designs since the mid-90's, after he graduated London's Central Saint Martin's design college. Out of his mind, sprang forth some of the most controversial yet iconic fashion moments that remain apart of our history today. Here's a look at some of his work:
(Spring/Summer 1997 collection. Model, Debra Shaw)
(Fall/Winter 1997 collection. Black Models)
(Fall/Winter 1998 collection. Model, Debra Shaw)
(Spring/Summer 1999 collection. Model, Shalom Harlow)
(Fall/Winter 2000 collection. Black Models)
Back in March of 2009, during the week of my monumental 30th birthday, I visited Paris for the very first time, and I was BLESSED to have been in attendance at McQueen's Fall/Winter '09 Show (read previous post: March 2009). His collection was AMAZING and the experience in itself was unforgettable... I was at a loss for words. See for yourself:
(Me, following the signs to McQueen's Fall/Winter '09 show)
(Fall/Winter '09 collection)
(Me, with 'The Fashion Bomb Daily' Editor in Chief, Claire Sulmers, standing on the runway of McQueen's Fall/Winter '09 show)
At times when his ideas seemed most complex, they may indeed have just been quite simplistic... but such is the crux of any artistic genius; things that come easy for them seem extraneous to others, and that adds a lot of pressure to the backs of God's already-special children. In addition to his artistic capabilities, cnn.com reports that McQueen also "was honored as a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and won numerous other awards in the fashion world."
In response to the tragedy, Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of VOGUE Magazine, issued this statement: "We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss."
Let us all take a moment of silence, to remember the late, great designer and hope and pray that the McQueen family fairs well in getting through this ordeal.
God Bless Us All,
Editor in Chief
STYLE 101: Magazine
www.alexandermcqueen.com, www.cnn.com, www.nymag.com