A legend was born March 17th, 1969 by the name of Lee Alexander McQueen. Whilst growing up in destitute East London, Lee or later known as Alexander, developed his passion for the fine arts at an early age. Being the youngest of 6 siblings, he was ironically the first child who knew exactly what they had a passion for; his was fashion. Various apprenticeships in subsequent years led him to realize that the arts was something he truly valued. At 16 years old, his fresh skills were spotlighted during an apprenticeship with Savile Row where he learned to perfect his now famous tailored look. During that time, Lee grew his passion for the theater, where he joined the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. It is evident today that his love for dramatic flare shines through his past collections. As a man from humble beginnings, Alexander McQueen has made an eternally lasting impression on the fashion world today. His distinctions range from British Fashion Designer of the Year to Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and extend quite further. Even though he is no longer with his, his legacy will live on for many years to come.
R.I.P Lee Alexander McQueen (Mar.17th, 1969-Feb 11th, 2010)
In todays’ collage, I tried to illustrate Lee’s sinister approach to his designs, and the powerful effect the shade of black has on the eye. All of these pieces can be worn as separates or can be put together to make an outfit; personally, I like using my unique style to form exquisite ensembles such as this one. If I had to choose one item to keep in my closet, it would be the McQ label black sheer raw edge silk dress. The Victorian style and black sheen that radiates from the fabric design is appealing to my particular style. Since Autumn is upon us, it is only fitting to have a stylish cover-up; pictured here is an AM black velvet blazer. To match the famous fitted jacket, I chose to add an AM velvet clutch with gold trim and skull embellishment. With Alexander McQueen, the black and gold combination is widespread, making the two a favorite of the designer. For the rainy British and West Coast Canadian days, I paired the outfit with an AM ankle boot that entails a set of gold studs, which surprisingly fit the classic style. Lastly, who could forget that one piece of jewelry that pulls together an outfit. Even though the rest of the ensemble is quite dark and mysterious, AM designed a wave skull choker necklace which contains Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. Taking a last look at this outfit, I would advise fellow fashionistas to think outside the box when creating a look. Dare to be different and explore every option possible.