Posts Tagged ‘Alexander McQueen’

Last Wednesday, the final leg of fashion week began in Paris. Already, there have been amazing showings, particularly from Balenciaga and Haider Ackermann. There are still many more highly anticipated shows to come (Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, to name a few).

Every fashion week, designers make decisions on how to best showcase their collections, and at times those choices are made because of costs and budgets. Fashion shows including the full production of music, runways and large seating areas, are the most expensive. Established, aka wealthy fashion houses, almost always utilize this option because it allows more room for press, editors and buyers. Other show options include presentations or photo shoots.

The whole point of having a fashion show is not only to showcase the garments, but also to create or help pronounce brand identity through music and décor. Everything about the fashion show is to make the collection and brand look as appealing as possible. With that in mind, many designers navigate safe water in an attempt to either present a sober idea in a clean, concise show. However, there have always been designers who believe in showmanship.


Alexander McQueen


I love Alexander McQueen. You love Alexander McQueen. Everyone loves Alexander McQueen. Because he was a genius. He was ahead of his time, he was on a page by himself, he was untouchable.

The world was finally beginning to understand just how incredible McQueen’s vision was when he passed away on  February 11, 2010 — just days before his show in Paris. He was only 40. Last week in London, a memorial service was held during London Fashion Week. McQueen’s close friends were all present as well as his great admirers. His death came after one of his best collections.

Alexander McQueen couture


When McQueen passed, no one knew what would happen to his brand. Was anyone good enough to succeed him? The only person who could take on the challenge was Sarah Burton. She had been working with him for years, and understood his work the best. She was left to finish up the rest of the fall collection right after he died.

We are fortunate to still get glimpses into his mind through the work he left unfinished. Even though McQueen is mainly a clothing designer, his DNA is imprinted on everything he touches, whether it is a gown or sneakers. He is known for his mind-boggling shoes, thanks in part to Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness. But he also made sneakers and less ‘out there’ shoes. And even though sneakers are not his specialty, these are pretty fucking cool.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Skull Sneaker


~Nadjma Sako

Naomi Campbell is infamous for assaulting various individuals with an array of mobile devices. But last week the supermodel turned activist was all up in the media for a more positive reason. Campbell successfully organized the Fashion for Relief charity catwalk show that went down on February 12th in Bryant Park to raise money for the reconstruction effort in Haiti.