Photo courtesy of W Magazine.
This morning the Duchess awoke to shocking news from the Countess -- fashion wunderkind and style impresario Alexander McQueen was found dead in his West End apartment. Though the cause of death has not been confirmed, it is suspected to be suicide.
McQueen, 40, rose through the ranks of the British fashion tribe led by his mentor, Isabella Blow, to become an internationally famed creator of fantastical pieces of exaggerated dimension. Though most have by now seen the ubiquitous skull scarf launched by McQueen (a move which had the unfortunate side effect of re-launching the skull as trendy iconography), McQueen's brilliance exudes not from his mass market appeal but from his visionary custom and ready-to-wear creations.
News of his passing comes mere days before the start of London Fashion Week, at the start of New York Fashion Week, and a month before McQueen was to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Arkansas-born and New York-based event planner Mimi Van Wyck (sister to Bronson Van Wyck) donned a feathered bridal gown by Alexander McQueen for her Wonderland-inspired nuptials to Hamilton Morrison III.
Celestial Angela Lindvall wears a headpiece by Alexander McQueen in Harper's Bazaar.
Dramatic yet wearable luxury for the strong and modern woman. Alexander McQueen, pre-fall collection 2009.
As if in a dream. Natalia Vodianova in Alexander McQueen.
There was none like McQueen. No one could capture his proprietary blend of modernity, sensitivity, fantasy and zest. The fashion world lost a legend today.