Tag Archives: Alexander McQueen

the heels will be back…

gone will be the days of the kitten heels….. the summer next year will see a variations of flats, gladiators and yes… a lot of heels and wedges… i like.

Or so i hope.
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The Elegance of McQueen is alive.

McQueen’s show, in the words from Style.com was such:  “It’s hard to conceive of a more thankless task in fashion than taking over from a designer as galvanizing as Alexander “Lee” McQueen, but Sarah Burton is precisely the kind of quiet powerhouse who has what it takes to grab hold of his legacy and drag it where it needs to go to survive and prosper. As much as she worked beside McQueen for 15 years and clearly had a symbiotic connection to his very particular vision, it’s her gender that is her greatest asset and point of difference, at least as it shaped tonight’s show. The very first outfit could stand as a manifesto for the future: The tail coat is a trad McQueen piece, but here it was softened, its edges unfinished, and the hard, peaked shoulders that were another McQueen signature had been slashed open, relaxed.”

A nature’s beauty! The collection was inspired from various  delights of nature, clearly depicted in the butterfly motifs with rich brocades, embellished with leather leaves and metal trims.  OH! and the lovely shoes!!!

A standing ovation to Ms. Sarah Burton. Applause. Thank you so much.

Apart from that, have a look at that unique hairstyle! the hairs are loosely weaved together for a carefree style. I like! :)

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Fashion on you…. you in style…. no maybe… you in fashion!?

If you look back at the people in history, it would be very clear- Fashion sense in people back then outshone their presence or rather— made it. Picture the extreme bouffant of the Victorian Era or the pale white skin made-up face of the Chinese; history never failed to amaze. When I looked back at some notified fashion makers of the past, I felt so small; considering what I see of fashion today. Well, I am not saying there’s nothing to look at now; because there is. But imagine the creativity and the knack to doing something so different and ahead of their time then!!!! Think past and a flood of images would come rushing into your head-Grace Kelly Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Frieda Kahlo in the West or say Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman closer home (to name a few). you picture them and know their exact fashion sense. You can look at a garment and know which one would go with whom!!!

But wait.

Can you do that now??? For how many??? The ever so precious Kate Moss, or Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes…. ??? I love what they wear… love it… but what more????
Thankfully, as I write here, I can think of some people- maybe Victoria Beckham, or how about I say- Lady Gaga. Who else???? Maybe there are… but none of whom I can think of right now…

I don’t know if i am happy that the other “best dressed” ladies as we out them as, are great to have such a beautiful sense of “style” and “fashion”. Should we not give all the credit to the designers for their collection??? The “best dressed ladies” after all wear the best from the collection… Right??? Or maybe I am wrong…

Or should I be happy that we still have some people, one (to be precise) at the moment- to make the biggest news- Lady Gaga!!! Wearing the outlandish-est of the clothes, she certainly makes heads turn her way! Though accused of copying styles from Grace Jones (yes there was a news article on even that!!), Lady Gaga never failed to make an impact, (keep the good or bad aside). Experimenting with hair-wigs, or fitting herself into those unique pieces of garments… each equally inspirational…. and disturbing (sometimes) if I may add.

Personally- I feel pretty nice to be in the same era as her— the same way as I was proud to be in the same era as the great Alexander McQueen, but very sad to be not able to meet him. When bloggers around the world talk about her statement making style- when they dedicate a section of their blog to “what Lady Gaga will be wearing from the season” – yes it happened for the spring collection! How cool is that!!!

Yes its not about fashion making you… but you making fashion…. but the pretty ladies of today are so engrossed in “looking pretty” that they hardly go out of the “safe” range of clothing!! Pretty.. but Sad…. Sad… but True!!

The story about “L’enfant FANTASTIC”

It was my fifth semester at college, when I was learning a lot of things about design. But the most awaited class of the semester was yet to come… of which would tell me about writing for Fashion. Lamely put, “Fashion Journalism”, it was in that class that we covered trends, more trends, celebrities, et al.

For our final assignment, we were introduced to Alexander McQueen; not just randomly by telling about him, but by showing us his runway show from Fall Winter 08/09. We all sat awestruck with the whole idea of his show. The beauty of “the girl living on the tree” was so enchanting that we could hardly put it in words afterwards. This was just not me. My class, who is a lil’ more than “anti-fashion” and call themselves a batch of “communication-design” simply fell in love with him!

When i went back home that day, more than anything in the world, I just wanted to read about him. From the start. How his graduation collection was all bought by his friend-cum-mentor-cum-everything, the wonderful Isabella Blow [19 November 1958 – 7 May 2007]; I just read about her, wide-eyed, and named her, “the women with wonderful hats”. But alas, due to severe depression and a cancer diagnosis  she had ended her life.   McQueen was deeply affected by this  and later, together with the Irish hatter Philip Treacy(for whom Isabella Blow was a muse), dedicated his Spring-summer ’08 show to Ms. Blow.

McQueen was the head designer for Gucci, news maker for all his unusual-not-so-wearable-shoes and a brand in his own.

Highly creative, intelligent and extremely forward-looking, Lee McQueen took inspiration from every moment of his life. His shows, one-of-a-kind, were always about a match of perfection, design and art. Each garment had a thinking process behind it, and every accessory was a piece of art in itself, enough to draw inspiration from.

He won several awards during his career, including ‘Best British Designer of the Year’, ‘International Designer of the Year’ and honored as ‘Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire’.

Lee McQueen, ended his life this Thursday, on 11th February. Can’t say any more than this. He was a true magician with what he did to pieces of clothes to make art. From his shows on ice, under water and rain, around a tree or on as a holographic image floating above…. he always gave us something to look forward to.

Below are some of the images from his collections, and a piece I did on him, with a friend.

R.I.P Lee Alexander McQueen[March 17, 1969-February 11,2010].


Here is my (and my group member’s) interpretation of his collection for Fall 08/09…

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