22 April 2010

A Seriously Fashionable Farewell

As you would expect, the godfather of punk, Malcolm McLaren, received a seriously fashionable farewell at his funeral at midday today.

The coffin was spray-painted with the words Too Fast To Live Too Young Too Die [the name of one of McLaren’s clothing shops]. The floral tribute spelled out Cash From Chaos [his manifesto while managing the Sex Pistols].

The two surviving Sex Pistols, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock, were there. And McLaren’s former partner Vivienne Westwood (accompanied by her husband Andreas Kronthaler), wearing a tightly-tailored black suit, grey swirly tights, red heels and a grey headband emblazoned with the slogan Chaos across her bright yellow hair.

Adam Ant wore tartan and pinstripes, and, stuck into the band of his hat, photographs of a younger Malcolm, and himself in full Ant regalia. Malcolm and Vivenne’s son, Joseph Corre (co founder of Agent Provocateur) was also there.

In case we forget that the music impresario started out as a fashion designer (alongside Westwood in their clothing store Let It Rock on the Kings Road), faces from the fashion industry were at the funeral to pay tribute, from Editor Jefferson Hack to fellow punk fashion designer Pam Hogg.

The ceremony was followed by an hour-long procession of the coffin from the church in Marylebone to Highgate Cemetery, in a traditional horse-drawn glass carriage. McLaren died earlier this month in Switzerland at the age of 64 after battling cancer. Definitely too young to die.


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