Thursday, 11 February 2010
Goodbye to THE STAR OF THE SHOW ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, "sometimes unwearable, always memorable.
In my opinion there is no longer any point in watching the fashion shows. They can all be done digitally and it would save magazines and everybody involved a lot of money. Of course there are industries that will be ruined too, Paris would change, hotels would be empty in Milan, New York and Paris as they would no longer have so many people descending on them for these occasions. Alexander McQueen dying at just 40, could seriously prove the end of fashion as we know it. Quite honestly, nobody is as interesting or unique as this man - his concepts, team of hairdressers, ideas, clothes, shoes. He made the whole fashion business tolerable. You guessed it, I was a fan. Of course there are others - John Galliano, Alaia, Giambattista Valle, Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier - but without the flamboyance from the son of a London taxi driver, nothing can truly be the same or as interesting again. He was amusing, witty, ahead of the game, sometimes unwearable but always memorable. It was claimed that he found fame through Isabella Blow, whilst he was at St Martins. She told everybody about him. Wearing his couture clothes made her in turn famous. At one stage they were visual partners: he produced them, she wore them. Their relationship was always up and down, as it of course would be, because they had huge characters. Once Issy gave me a dress to wear, she took it from me and with its labels still intact, told my son to trash it through the garden to give it more character. This he did happily. Loved and worn by many, including Daphne Guinness, myself, Annabel Nielson, Kim Hersov,Pam Hogg, Lucy Ferry and Rushka Bergman, I have so many of his black jackets, probably fifty at the very least, I live in them, they gave me my love of tails. This is a true tragedy. He was well loved and very well respected. I shall mourn him and be sorry I can't go to any shows in Paris this season .. but the others are not worth it. Anyway, Tim Blanks does them so well on style.com. Whatever Lee's reasons for taking his life, my heart goes out to his team, to Guido's expert team of hair stylists, Snowden Hill among them, make up artists, to Phillip Treacy who made his hats, the models, Connie in his shop who dresses me, and to him. You were all the most exciting thing in fashion week.