Victoria Beckham, Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama as well as Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady GaGa…what do all these women have in common? Apart from being ridiculously famous, they all share a love of the fashion house Alexander McQueen! And these women aptly represent the versatility of the label with designs to suit all types of woman.
Since the tragic death of Alexander Lee McQueen in 2010 just days after the death of his beloved mother and three years after the suicide of his close friend Isabella Blow, fashion director at Tattler and the woman responsible for McQueen’s rise to fame (She bought his entire graduate collection after falling in love with his designs), Sarah Burton has been working wonders for the fashion house. Perhaps the biggest achievement for Burton was last year’s sensational Royal Wedding gown designed for Kate Middleton which resulted in every bride to be in the country demanding replicas of the dress for their own weddings. On Burton’s takeover as creative director and her first collection Hilary Alexander from The Telegraph commented on the ‘elaborately-beautiful pieces which maintained the spirit of McQueen’s legacy, whilst injecting a new atmosphere of the ethereal bohemian romance’.
Having won British Designer of the Year four times, Alexander McQueen truly was one of the best designers that Britain has ever had. Close friend and muse Daphne Guinness commented on McQueen’s talent at designing and her own private collection of McQueen pieces saying ‘the attention to detail on the clothing is truly incredible and each piece is extremely different, but individually captivating’. Guinness represents the wild side that McQueen possessed when designing. Very much similar to Lady GaGa, she is a fan of the more unusual and original designs and has a truly unique and wonderful way of putting an outfit together. Both she and Kelis have been photographed wearing McQueen’s insane alien shoes which look highly impractical but fabulously fashionable!
On the other side of the style radar, the McQueen label is responsible for some of the most elegant dresses on the red carpet with countless celebrities clambering over each other to wear the latest design. At the Jubilee celebrations Kate Middleton who is currently experiencing quite the love affair with McQueen was spotted in three of their designs. Wearing a striking fire engine red number which was custom-fitted by adjusting the dress to a more demure length, Kate looked quite the royal, teaming the dress with a red maple leaf hat by Silvia Fletcher. Both Kim Kardashian and Tulisa have worn the dress in sleeveless form, perfectly displaying the versatility of the dress.
At the Jubilee ceremony at Saint Paul’s cathedral, Kate honoured her signature look of pure elegance and wore a custom-made blush lace dress with white sheath underlay. And at the Jubilee concert she teamed a high street Whistles ‘Bella’ dress with a McQueen blazer. Having worn Burton’s designs on the red carpet, at royal events and at social parties, Kate is truly flying the flag forMcQueen.
The versatility of Alexander McQueen designs ensure the longevity of the fashion house which was started by an incredible British designer who has made his mark all over the world and which is now in the care of another fantastic designer. Cathy Horyn from The New York Times perfectly sums up the crossover saying on Burton’s first designs, ‘Some references to the McQueen craft and drama are necessary, but her choices reflected a gradual transistion’. With Burton on board, there’s no stopping the design house and it’s celebrity following will never wain. Whether its avant garde or red carpet chic, this is the label to come to for help!
‘There was only one Alexander McQueen’ Anabelle Neilson