Just last week Lady Gaga said, “I would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels. I’d never give up my wigs and hats for anything.” It turns out the Ga will remove her crazy getups for something: deep vein thrombosis. The crew on her flight from London back to the U.S. this week thought the pop star was showing symptoms of the blood disorder when her legs began expanding inside of her black and yellow McQueen catsuit. Not only was Gaga forced to change out of her ensemble, but the suit was so hard to take off that she needed help undressing. Apparently Gaga was most peeved about stepping out of her blue Armadillo heels. We wonder what she changed into on the flight. Something tells us she doesn’t keep a pair of jeans and a t-shirt in her carry-on. [Marie Claire UK] Keep reading »
Yesterday, a handful of fashion editors were treated to a private showing of Alexander McQueen‘s fall collection, a mix of Hieronymus Bosch and other great artist-inspired prints that, as Suzy Menkes put it, embodied “the designer’s exceptional reach from historic past to cyberspace future.” The models wore mystical-looking golden mohawks, the shoes were outrageous, and of course, the couture-quality clothes were absolutely transcendent. If you’d like to see the 16 looks up close — and you should, the level of detail is insane — click on their hyper zoom-friendly slideshow. [New York Times] Keep reading »
The service for close friends and family for designer Alexander McQueen took place this morning in the U.K. and, based on images from outside the ceremony, it’s the best-dressed funeral ever. While that may seem like an odd thing to comment on in light of the tragic circumstances surrounding his death, given that McQueen dedicated his life to beauty, we can’t help but feel that it’s the sort of detail that would make a man like him happy. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: McQueen truly was a design force to be reckoned with and he will be missed.
Though today is his funeral, the fashion industry will say their final goodbye on March 9, when his show is staged in Paris. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Alexander McQueen may have become known as the designer with the most unwearable high heels, but perhaps we’ve forgotten about his great collaboration with Puma, which produced these edgy sneaker heels. We kinda dig! Check out the guy version (non-heeled, bien sûr) after the jump. What do you think? [OakNYC.com] Keep reading »
Fashion is generally about being over the top. But when it comes to mourning the loss of Alexander McQueen, a past boyfriend of the designer says the loud public displays, statements, and condolences that have come pouring in from celebs aren’t heartfelt, and are sometimes more about acting out. The worst example might be Patti Smith who was, “repeatedly screaming ‘Alexander’ and ‘Queen’ in between songs” during her performance at a Fashion Week party. In reaction, McQueen’s ex says the following: “The truth is, the fashion world is the loneliest place on the face of the planet. It’s a shallow world full of party people and party ‘friends’. Lee knew that … It’s been fashion, fashion, fashion … but what about him as a person? That’s the real loss and the real waste.” Seems to us like a situation you just can’t win. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
Who needs to spend $795 on this pair of Alexander McQueen (RIP!) lace-ups when you can easily DIY ‘em for a teeny amount of money (not to mention a decent amount of fun!)? So, here’s how to do it: Dig up your old pair of bucks or lace-ups from back in the day (or for those who didn’t go through a massive tomboy phase, like myself, buy a cheapie pair here or here!)—any color will do, extra points for the ones with the red soles! When scouring for the perfect shoe, keep in mind that suede, in this case, is a very good thing (the paint will really stick to it!). Then get yourself some paints: I like fabric paints the best, like these. Pick four colors you’re into; reserve one to use as an accent color (meaning you won’t use too much of it). Check out the way the dark blue was used (sparingly), above. Either outside or in a space you don’t care about, get splattering! [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »