Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Désir du jour - Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was one of the most fashion forward designers of his generation. Not afraid of pushing boundaries, his designs offered a juxtapose between strength and fragility. Working in fashion houses such as Givenchy and Koki Tatsuno, McQueen soon launched his own self-titled label garnering controversy for his shock tactics and dramatic shows.

Earning the title "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion" McQueen's collections and shows were never boring. He recreated a shipwreck for his 2003 spring collection, a human chess game for his 2005 spring collection and his 2006 fall show featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss.

McQueen favoured dramatic silhouettes and often used skulls in his designs. His trademark scarf bearing skull prints became a fashion must-have, with celebrities around the world supporting the design in an array of colours. He was a designer who didn't care about social standings, he was just as likely to put a non-traditional model (e.g. double amputee and former Paralympian Aimee Mullins) on the catwalk, as a traditional model.

Today's pick is the Chiffon Bustier Dress as worn by Mila Kunis at the 2011 SAG Awards. The detailed flower watercolour print is both dramatic and soft, with intricate hand stitched small pleats covering the bodice. Available for EUR4,958 on, this stunning dress is the perfect representation of McQueen's design aesthetic.

Tragically passing at age 41 in February 2010, the fashion world was robbed of one of its most talented designers.  His legacy lives on with his namesake label, continuing to be favourite among fashion lovers everywhere.

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