Fashion Mourns McQueen – 'A uniquely British sense of daring'

12 February 2010

Designers, stylists, editors – tributes from a who’s who of fashion continue to flood into the Grazia office. Here’s what everyone is feeling at the moment . . .

Stella McCartney a fellow Central Saint Martin’s alumni said ‘It is a total shock that I am referring to him in the past tense. He was a real friend. I will miss him as a mate, a peer, and as a true British talent, full of life and energy in everything he ever did. He was one of our best designers, and this is a huge loss for the world of fashion. What a man! Such sad, sad news.’

Christopher Bailey of Burberry has stated ‘Lee was one of Britain’s greatest designers and an inspiration to so many people. His unique vision and charm will be greatly missed by everybody who knew Lee and was touched by his extraordinary talent.’

Stylist extraordinaire and editor in chief of LOVE magazine Katie Grand said, ‘It’s hard to have anything bad to say about Lee McQueen, he was one of those properly talented designers. One of the ones that just can’t help being amazingly talented. It oozed out of him. Even when Lee had off days they were still more interesting than most things we, as fashion editors, will see in a season.’


Over in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld, ‘Knowing nothing about his personal life, I cannot comment on his death, I can only regret it for him and for the fashion.’

Christopher Kane, British wunderkind and part of the generation directly inspired by McQueen’s designs and success said simply ‘Fashion will never be the same again.’

Naomi Campbell, who appeared at his NY boutique wearing a McQueen lip-print scarf said ‘I am truly devastated to lose my close friend. His talent had no boundaries and he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. This is a sad day for all who loved him and my condolences are with his family. I will miss him so much, he will never be forgotten.’

Marc Jacobs said ‘I will miss him, and I will certainly miss the beauty that he created, and his vision and his world.’

John Galliano ‘McQueen was daring, original, exciting. He shook the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British embassador for fashion.’

Another contemporary, Matthew Williamson‘I am shocked and deeply saddened. [McQueen] was a genius and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.’

‘He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing – from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.’ said Anna Wintour, who walked out of the show she was attending this morning when she heard the shocking news.

More this afternoon . . .


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