Monday marked a bittersweet moment for the attendees of Paris Fashion Week—a beautiful yet tragic tribute to late designer Alexander McQueen as his Fall 10 collection was revealed. A testament to his legendary innovation, the 16 pieces that were featured from the collection were inspired by Old Master painters. The designer died before the collection was fully complete, but the team he left behind made sure to finish the line in a way he would see fit.
"We've been really focusing on this, on finishing the collection, we
haven't been thinking beyond that," Chief Executive Jonathan Akeroyd
told Reuters,"In the next few weeks, we are going to be working on the way ahead,
but we've just really been concentrating on this presentation," he said.
The show was an emotional one, as McQueen's staff reportedly held back tears as the looks came down the runway. The lavish ensembles included McQueen's signature prints, a red dress embroidered with
thousands of rustling gold disks, and a gold coat with a high collar
made entirely of feathers, worn over a white tulle skirt. Everything was undeniably McQueen, and Akeroyd noted that every look and pattern had been developed and cut by the designer himself. But when tragedy struck, Akeroyd and his team suddenly had a scant four weeks to finish the line, which would become the designer's final message to the world. He described the experience to Reuters as "intense and incredibly difficult" between the time crunch and the overwhelming loss. But in the end, Akeroyd and his team believed that the show was so full of McQeen's energy and unmistakable vision, that they had done home proud. Everything, that is, except for the pared down presentation. Akeroyd explained McQueen had had an idea of displaying te clothes in a typically theatrical, over the top fashion, but that "it didn't feel right" to continue with the spectacle after the designer had passed. "We decided this was the best way to do it in a very low-profile
environment — the most appropriate way in light of what has happened," Akeroyd said. So the dramatics were taken away and what was left was the opportunity for the breathtaking clothing to speak for itself. R.I.P. Alexander McQueen. You will truly be missed.
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