26 May 2010

SJP To Honour McQueen

We don't mind admitting that one of our favourite watercooler (okay, Diet Coke vending machine) games at Grazia recently has been "what WILL SJP wear to the London SATC2 premiere?"

Obviously, we are gunning for our favourite NY fashionista to wear a British label. But which designer will she opt for? Will it be something glossy and bespoke by Burberry? Something wide-skirted by Westwood? Or something futuristically printy by a hot young designer like Holly Fulton? Or how about something gorgeous and floral by man of the moment Erdem?

But, of course, top of the list is the late great Alexander McQueen. Nothing would make us happier, this year particularly, to see SJP in one of the late designer's creations. It was, after all, McQueen that Parker asked to design her outfit for the first Sex and the City movie's premiere in London in 2008 - an elegant pale green pleated chiffon strapless prom dress, which she wore with a Philip Treacy headdress. But the pair's close working relationship first came to light two years earlier, when the designer chose to dress Parker for the Anglomania-themed Costume Institute gala, when the pair walked the red carpet together in matching tartan.

Parker was one of the first celebrities to pay homage to the designer on news of his sudden death, saying "I am shocked and overcome with grief upon learning about the untimely death of the quiet genius Alexander McQueen. My heart goes out to his family and all those who worked for and with him.

In his atelier, his showroom, his stores and various business interests that were so rapidly growing, he was beloved. By all of them. He was talented well beyond his years and the seriousness and unrivaled talent which he applied to his work is in bountiful display year after year and collection after collection.  

Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical, stunning, brilliant and jaw dropping detail was Alexander Mcqueen. There has never been anyone like him. And there simply never will be. 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.  

His independence, his skill, his quiet fortitude, his devotion, his love of his work, family and friends will be an unthinkable loss. And the vigilance with which he protected his work and those he loved was both incredibly powerful and quietly heart rending.In my brief but honored time spent with him I learned he would never let even the tiniest and seemingly inconsequential detail be unfinished.

That's why his death is so haunting. God speed Lee. It has been a privilege for all of us to know you.”


So perhaps it comes as no surprise that the actress has been chosen to honour Alexander McQueen at the prestigious CDFA awards (aka the fashion Oscars) this Friday night in New York. She will present the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award, a posthumous honour, to the late designer.

The awards will be the day after the London premiere. We're waiting with baited breath to see if she honours him on the red carpet too... [wwd]
 


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