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5/22/2013

Reminisce Over You

So if you have been following my twitter you've probably figured out by now I'm in the process of moving clear across town, and amidst the stacks of boxes and the sore arms from carrying everything you own, you have a tendency to reminisce, you know?

Just this week I was flipping through my stash of books with a friend. He happened upon my copy of Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation and immediately started asking me questions about his designs. It was great for me to sit down with him and describe McQueen's thought processes with everything from bumster pants to armadillo shoes, but it got me deeply thinking about McQueen's entire career.

then I thought about his former patron Isabella Blow and her passing [it was 6 yrs on May 7th]...

...then about McQueen's last unfinished collection...

...then about how much of an idiot I was for not making it to the Met's exhibition Savage Beauty...

...and the list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. I could wax philosophical about how I think McQueen's death was tragic on so many levels, but for the sake of your eyes I'll save it [but if you do want to hear me out, click here].

In the moment of remembering, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Vogue America editorials of all time, shortly released after Savage Beauty premiered in May 2011, showcasing some of McQueen's most memorable works:

Caroline Trentini in McQueen S/S 2007, a silk dress embroidered with fresh flowers just moments before it hit the runway.
Coco Rocha in McQueen S/S 2001 VOSS collection, one of the crazier shows he did set in an insane asylum.


Karen Elson in McQueen F/W 2006 collection, which ended with a state-of-the-art holographic image of Kate Moss floating in mid air. 

Karlie Kloss in McQueen S/S 1999 collection, which ended in the final showdown between Shalom Harlow and a couple of paint gun wielding robotic arms.

Rachel Zimmerman in McQueen S/S 2005 collection. This look always disturbed me, but I looked past that to view his genius with materials.

Stella Tennant in one of my personal favorite dresses from McQueen S/S 2001 collection.
I know this isn't a typically style inspired post, but to me this is the ULTIMATE inspiration. One of the things I will always remember about McQueen is how he always said that you didn't have to like the clothes, just as long as you FELT something when you saw them. He [to me] was one of the few designers in the industry who took it beyond just how the clothes looked, making them so much more than tangible items.

I have to get back to packing my kitchen, but in the meanwhile enjoy this retrospective video of Savage Beauty and let me know what McQueen collection was your favorite.




LONG LIVE MCQUEEN.
 
 
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