21 September, 2010

The Duchess Remembers . . .

Alexander Lee McQueen

Los Angeles is beseiged by autumnal gloom:  the canyons are foggy; the beaches socked in.  Scarves and cardigans come out of the closet, followed closely by endless pairs of identical black tights.  It's weather befitting a somber mood.

How appropriate, then, that this dismal spell falls on us along with news of yesterday's service memorializing the life and work of Alexander Lee McQueen, the British fashion designer, at nowhere other than St. Paul's Cathedral.  Befittingly held in the midst of London's fashion week, a "who's who" of industry insiders (Suzy Menkes, Anna Wintour) and designer's muses (Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and the inimitable Daphne Guinness) came to pay last respects.  Some of these ladies carry on with the spirit of McQueen with their outrageous, inspired style.  See for yourselves below.

Photo of Daphne Guinness, top, by Tim Rooke / Rex / Rex USA, via http://www.style.com/.
Photos of Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney, by EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga, via http://www.monstersandcritics.com/.  

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