The One and Only. McQueen.

This morning news broke that Alexander McQueen was found dead of apparent suicide in his apartment in central London at age 40.

His website currently has this statement posted:

“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.”

McQueen’s secondary line, McQ, was to be presented TODAY as part of New York Fashion Week. KCD, the PR company handling the show, says the presentation is canceled.

McQueen was one of the youngest designers to become British Designer of the Year, an honor that he received four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also named the International Designer of the Year in 2003 at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards.

He was known for taking extreme risks and stirring controversy with his designs and at his shows, his talent for impeccable tailoring is what brought him to fame, set him apart and made him more than a mere showman. He was extraordinary.

“McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs,” said Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue. “At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashions shows that mixed design, technology and performance, and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over.”

His death is an insurmountable loss for the fashion community. He is one of my personal fashion icons and I have always drawn great inspiration from his work.

Spring ’01

Spring ’07

Paris Fashion Week ’07

Paris Fashion Week ’08

Paris Fashion Week ’09

Spring ’10

I send my thoughts and prayers to the McQueen family during this difficult time. He will always be remembered and continue to inspire.

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