At some point last week I decided to do a new "fashion Friday" segment on my blog. It seemed only natural as an indie designer working on my own grass roots label (caustic threads) that I would do a fashion segment on my blog. I am already reading fashion news daily, watching shows, and working on my own pieces, so I have a lot to share. My first post in the segment was going to be about some of my personal thoughts on fashion, style, and trends, along with something about New York fashion week which was kicked off by BCBG Max Azaria yesterday (2/11/10) But yesterday some unbelievable news broke! Iconic Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his apartment at age 40. The believed cause of death is suicide, though no official statement about that has been made.
Alexander McQueen was known as "l'enfant Terrible" a french term for a child who embarrasses his parents by being very blunt towards adults. He was also known as "the Hooligan of English Fashion". These titles were earned after some controversial early collections while he was working at Givenchy (predecessor to John Galiano, another amazing designer who now designs for Dior and his own label) .
I can not say I like everything Alexander McQueen designs, and I especially did not care much for his last two collections , but I do always love seeing what he comes up with and there are occasions when something he has designed leaves me breathless.
In time I expect that he will be remembered alongside Coco Chanel, Ives St Laurent, and Christian Dior as truly a talented designer.
It may very literally be "yesterday's news" but I didn't want to go without paying homage to such an inspirational designer.