When the news broke of beloved designer Alexander McQueen's tragic demise a couple weeks ago, it was enough to bring the kickoff movement at New York's Fashion Week to a screeching halt. People walked around the Bryant Park tents dazed as editors from around the world fled their shows to find out the details. I personally saw the growing mound of flowers, cards, and mementos outside the designer's freestanding store in the Meatpacking District and realized the magnitude of the loss we had all just experienced. Now, less than two weeks later, the runways have been readied for London Fashion Week in the country McQueen called home. As a tribute to the fallen talent, London's fashion community have made every available effort to honor McQueen's memory, born Lee Alexander McQueen in Lewisham, London.
The British Fashion Council has set up a board in
the main London Fashion Week tents on which visitors have pinned
seemingly hundreds of notes to the late designer. Meanwhile, at the
On/Off location in nearby Bloomsbury, which houses some off-schedule
shows, a wall of 40 iPods has been set up, all loaded with images of
McQueen’s past collections. And two London department stores are remembering the designer in their own way: Harvey Nichols has designed a window
that spotlights a three-dimensional mood board strewn with outlandish elements that McQueen was known for such as exotic red
feathers, black skulls, antlers and giant
black buttons, while department store Liberty’s window pays homage in a display, called
“For McQueen and Country,” features a mannequin dressed in a purple
McQueen gown set against a painted Union Jack. Although he was beloved and revered the world round, no one seems to be feeling the weight of his loss more than within his home country.
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