I've always heard Alexander McQueen's collections were emotional. No doubt, his final one was. The show notes read: "Each piece is unique, as was he." McQueen cut the collection "on the stand" just weeks before he took his own life. McQueen, always ingeniously fusing history and the future, orchestrated a collection containing digital prints and inspired by Byzantine art and Old Master paintings. We know the McQueen show will go on — succession rumors of Gareth Pugh or Olivier Theyskens swirl — but for now, a final round of applause.
The last collection designed by Alexander McQueen before his death was shown this morning in a gilded salon at the headquarters of Francois Pinault. Models walked slowly and solemnly in the sixteen looks to haunting operatic music. Tears welled in the eyes of more than a few spectators, as the audience took in the opulent, detailed McQueen creations with inspirations ranging from Byzantine art and Old Masters paintings to the wood carving and sculpture of Grinling Gibbons.
The show notes ended with the words: "Each piece is unique, as was he." Two days from now, retailers will be invited to purchase a showroom collection consisting of 160 pieces.
Paris Fashion Week concludes the Fall Fashion Week season — sniff. So far, Fall forecasts include army green, major furriness, cocooned knits, and maxed-out skirts. Rounding out that list is red. From Maison Martin Margiela to Givenchy, Sophia Kokosalaki to Isabel Marant, bold pops of red livened up the moody Paris palette. Silhouettes ranged from slick and slim to all-out poufy. Proceed for more highlights from PFW.