Delightful Grotesqueness At Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2012 Collection

Do you celebrate Fashion Week the same way I do? Check out who is sitting front row where and then tune out until the Alexander McQueen show? Thought so! The name McQueen might have found its way into some homes this past spring, when a gal named Kate Middleton wore a design by the fashion house as her wedding gown. But the rest of us have been loving the over-the-top, grotesque, infinitely creative designs by the punked-out Brit for years. Many years ago, the designer caught the eye of Isabella Blow, an iconic oddball stylist for Tatler and Vogue. Along with the hat maker Philip Treacy, Blow used her influence to vault McQueen to stardom.

Tragically, McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, supposedly due to grief over his beloved mother’s recent death. (His friend Blow had died three years prior.) The late designer was succeeded at his eponymous fashion house by his colleague Sarah Burton, who flew under the mainstream radar until she was asked to design Kate’s wedding gown, as well as Pippa Middleton’s maid of honor dress. But don’t let those classy, classic wedding gowns fool you. The runway looks from Sarah Burton’s spring 2012 Alexander McQueen show could be vintage McQueen.

Which is to say, I think you’ll love them.