posted by: brianka in General on April 3rd, 2010
Many of us were shocked and saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss of Alexander McQueen’s unique fashion voice.
For good or ill, it looks like the design house will be continuing under the McQueen name – at least for the near future. I admit that I am torn on this. McQueen was one of the designers who convinced me it was worthwhile to pay attention to formal runway fashion rather than just primarily watching the fringe fashion scenes. So, I understand the attempt to honor his creative vision by continuing to keep his name present in the fashion community. By the same token, I have to agree with those who have noted that any designer worth continuing the McQueen legacy is probably also a designer that is talented enough that he or she deserves to be recognized on their own merits under their own name.
But, all speculation aside, this spring’s retail offerings will be among the last items available where we as consumers and McQueen fans will have an opportunity to own a piece ‘approved by’ the original designer. Items produced as we head into the future may or may not have genesis from his own sketches or prior work. It is highly unlikely that anything produced after fall 2010 will be able to claim any sort of concrete approval from McQueen himself.
This is the one item I still hope will be produced, although I have yet to see any sign of it in the online retail scene:
Until then, (fingers crossed), here are some highlights of currently Alexander McQueen stock that might be of interest.
My first and favorite pick is actually not a shoe, but a bracelet:
I love these. I can actually make room for one in a future budget. How do I envision wearing it? As a choker with a bright summer dress.
My next pick has got to be these open-toed boots:
Another lust-worthy pick are these Moto-chic boots. I definitely prefer this olive version to the oft-copied black version seen last year:
Well, I love the whole skulls theme that is incorporated into so many of McQueen’s pieces. I’m also a sucker for roses. So, when the two are combined…I am left with the notion of selling extraneous body parts to acquire one of these rose-and-skull beauties. Okay, maybe not, but you get the idea.
Blasphemous as it may be for a shoe-lover like me to say, but I think I would choose that first bag over the boots; I know that I would wear it with everything, everyday, for weeks at a stretch.
Final picks? Well, it’s hard to go wrong with skulls and zippers for that unmistakable McQueen attitude: