Tributes to McQueen - "There are very few poets left"

12 February 2010

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As the tributes to designer Lee Alexander McQueen continue to come through this morning, Grazia Daily will keep you updated . . .

Anna Wintour received the news of Alexander McQueen’s death during the Max Azria show at New York fashion week. She then got up and left mid-show, leaving attendees slack-jawed as she walked alongside a promenading model to the door.

Apparently there was a silent atmosphere at the following shows throughout the day. “You could hear a pin drop” said one attendee. [Stylist]

Sarah Jessica Parker said she was "shocked and overcome with grief" and made the following statement;

"What is more devastating is that despite all his success thus far creatively, critically and commercially, his greatest achievements lay ahead of him, the future would be whatever he hoped to make of it."

"He was talented well beyond his years and the seriousness and unrivalled talent which he applied to his work is in bountiful display year after year and collection after collection," she said. "Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical, stunning, brilliant and jaw dropping detail was Alexander McQueen."

Madonna said in a statement, "Lee McQueen was a truly unique visionary in the world of fashion. A creator of beauty. What a tragedy."

At the Chado Ralph Rucci show yesterday evening, Vogue’s editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley was clearly moved when asked for his reaction to Alexander McQueen’s death. “It is a great loss. It’s a tragedy for the fashion world,” Mr. Talley said. “He was truly an innovator and a master.”

Mr. Talley added: “It’s just an extraordinary  loss for all of us and a shock to the fashion world.  [McQueen] had incredible talents and gifts and at the same time, he was a great poet. There are very few poets left.”  [WSJ]

Grazia's own Angela Buttolph appeared on ITN to discuss the very sad news (watch the video below), while later on BBC's Newsnight Paula Reed explained just what made McQueen so irreplaceble. [BBC]


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