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FINAL HOMESTRETCH PFW Backlog- Alexander McQueen, a sweet end note

Where were you on February 10, 2010? I was at work.

I sat down at my desk with my large cup of coffee, turned on my computer, checked my email, and then started my morning routine of catching up on the news. Then I saw it:

British fashion icon Alexander McQueen commits suicide days after death of his beloved mother

....and my heart sank.

McQueen was the designer that snagged my interest in the world of fashion. His way of looking at clothes was so unique and there wasn't a single look he showed that didn't inspire shock and awe. I remember in seeing photos of his VOSS collection in Spring 2001 and clicking the zoom on this dress:

Those INDIVIDUALLY hand painted red lab slides for the bodice followed by intricate bushels of ostrich feathers..........all morphed into a beautiful dress fit for ANY red carpet. I saw this, read his process, and I was hooked.
Season after season he impressed me [even during his years of non-theatrical showing], and his passing had a huge impact on me followed by a huge wave of worry- what's going to happen to this house? Is someone else going to take over? What if the magic is just, well, GONE?
It was with a huge sigh of relief to see McQueen's long time assistant Sarah Burton established as the new creative head. I think said it perfectly in their review of her first collection: "...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."
She did, and she will continue to be a strong designer for this house. If there's one thing you can always say about a McQueen collection, it stands out from all other collections prior in the season and despite not being wearable separates, you WANT to wear it. I'm not even going to show you the collection yet. These are just DETAIL shots:

You would have never been able to tell this was NOT a haute couture collection. The beading along was breath-taking in itself, not to mention the delicate weaving, high taught collars, and underlying sexuality that surrounded each of the ten looks.

Communions, nuns, cardinals, popes, angels....all solemnly walked down the runway with intricate cages built around their heads and minimal make-up. Simply astounding.

I'm happy to end my Fashion Week posts with this. It may not be a trend-setter, nor would it be Fall fashion appropriate, but it is a note that fashion is what appeals to the masses, but also is what takes our breath away and pushes the boundaries of imagination.

Enjoy the collection as much as I did, and I'll see you next week!

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