All Hail McQueen | British designer dies at Age 40

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As the fashion industry kicked off its final Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park, the world got wind of devastating news, one of its own, iconic designer Alexander McQueen had died.

A graduate of the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, Lee Alexander McQueen would eventually launch his own line, become the head of Givenchy, release a line of cosmetics in conjunction with MAC, collaborate on a collection with Target, and be named International Designer of the Year by the CFDA. All the while earning a reputation of being a fantastic designer, and a controversial one at that.
Controversy aside, McQueen became a favorite of fashion critics. “The sophistication of the clothes, the intricacy of the workmanship, and the ecological swell of the narrative were spellbinding,” wrote Suzy Menkes about his, now final, Spring 2010 collection. The designer’s clothing was also popular with the celebrity crowd – including Naomi Campbell and Lady Gaga. The latter even allowed the designer to debut the final version of her #1 single, “Bad Romance” at his Spring 2010 show in Paris.

Known as one of the most theatrical designers in the industry, McQueen will certainly be missed by his fans, who looked forward to the extravagant productions put on by the designer each season. Even with the extravagance McQueen always showed an attention to detail when it came to the clothes.
“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,” said Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
We will surely never forget his fabulous Armadillo heels.

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