Fashion Week/McQueen R.I.P.8:10 AM
[Un] HAPPY FASHION WEEK
Alexander McQueen Dead at 40
Thursday February 11th, 2010
What a way to kick off Fashion Week, huh? As I stretch and sing good morning to the melting snow of yesterday's blizzard, and think of my most Fashionable All Black Everything, for tonight's backstage stint at the GQ Menswear Designer of the Year Fashion Show, the breaking news of 1 of the fashion industry's most respected designers has sent shock waves through NYC and Fashonistas everywhere.
Alexander McQueen, one of fashion's consummate inconoclasts and showmen, has committed suicide at age 40, a spokeswoman confirmed.
"Mr. McQueen has been found dead at his house this morning," she said, declining further comment.
A statement from PPR, parent of Gucci Group and the McQueen company, is expected shortly. Circumstances of his death were not revealed and a spokesman declined comment. McQueen's mother recently died and the designer was known to be extremely close to her, although it could not be learned whether this contributed to his death.
McQueen burst onto the London fashion scene with a mix of aggression, energy and creativity that reinvigorated the city's reputation and made his shows the hottest ticket in town.
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VIEW Some of his great artistry in today's Pop Culture Artist, Department Store Chic and signature Haute Couture Runway.
Current McQueen poster Child and 1 of my current style icons, Lady Gaga in a scene from "Bad Romance"
Gaga, again, in another scene from the "Bad Romance" music video, featuring the Signature Couture Ballet shoe by McQueen
Gaga, once again, in a *Vintage House of McQueen red ensemble. Crown by House of GaGa
Our Sasha Fierce Loves rocking McQueen specialties. Seen here at the 2008 World Music Awards
MCQ for Target Stores