Death of Fashion Icon : Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen’s death mourned by fashion world

Iconoclastic genius McQueen found dead at home nine days after death of his mother

Jess Cartner-Morley describes the impact of Mcqueen’s radically inventive catwalk shows and tailoring Link to this video

Nine days after the death of his adored mother, Alexander McQueen’s body was found in his Mayfair home yesterday morning, following his apparent suicide.

The death of the enfant terrible of British fashion was confirmed in a statement by his publicists, as people in the industry struggled to convey their shock and the scale of the loss to the fashion world.

“At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family,” said the statement, using the designer’s real first name. Unconfirmed reports suggested that he had hanged himself.

Industry insiders said McQueen, 40, had been devastated when his mother, Joyce, died on 2 February. Messages on his Twitter feed in recent days hinted at the extent of his loss. The day after her death, he posted an emotional message: “I’m letting my followers know my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx…”

Five days ago, he tweeted: “Been a fucking awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the …” His profile was removed from the site early yesterday.

In a Guardian interview in 2004 between Joyce McQueen and her son, she asked him: “What is your most terrifying fear?” to which McQueen replied “dying before you”. “Thank you son,” said Joyce. “What makes you proud?” He replied: “You.”

McQueen’s death came just days before the start of London fashion week, and less than three weeks before the designer, who was creative director of the Gucci group, was due to present his latest eponymous collection at Paris fashion week.

Tributes were paid yesterday to a man who won designer of the year four times, and who managed the rare feat of remaining avant garde while achieving widespread commercial success. Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, called him a “modern-day genius”. She said: “McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs. At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashions shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over.”

Fellow designers expressed their surprise at his sudden death. Vivienne ­Westwood was “incredibly sorry” to hear the news.

Katharine Hamnett said: “He was a ­genius. What a terrible, tragic waste.”

Matthew Williamson said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen’s death. He was a genius and his talent was second to none.

“Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.”Paul Smith told Drapers magazine: “He was a very talented and creative designer, especially in respect of his tailored clothing. This is a very sad time and my thoughts are with his family.”

The model Kate Moss, who was close friends with McQueen, cancelled publicity engagements in central London last night after the news.

Her spokesman said: “Kate is shocked and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend Lee McQueen. Her thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

The actor Helena Bonham Carter said: “It’s absolutely tragic. What horrible news. It’s just horrendous to think that someone was so devastated by his mother dying.

“I loved McQueen. Tim (Burton – her partner) did some drawings for one of his shows, did a shirt with him together.

“He had such lovely vision, originality comes quite hard these days.”

Jane Rapley, head of Central St Martins college, who was dean of the fashion and textile school when McQueen studied there in the early 1990s, called his death “devastating for British fashion. He was both contemporary and sophisticated, and took British fashion to the same level as the rest of the fashion world.

“He will cast an enormous shadow over British fashion week. [There is] just so much regret for the collections that might have been.”

McQueen was born in 1969, the youngest of six children, to an East End taxi driver, and left school at 16, describing himself as the “pink sheep” of the family – an outsider, though much loved. He took an apprenticeship at Savile Row tailors Anderson and Sheppard and later at Gieves & Hawkes, where, he later admitted, he once chalked “I am a cunt” inside the lining of a suit destined for the Prince of Wales.

Though he would go on to become feted by the fashion establishment, he never lost the anarchic approach of his youth. By 20 he was working for the designer Koji Tatsuno, later moving to Milan where he became Romeo Gigli’s design assistant, before enrolling at Central St Martins.

Even then, said Rapley, his tutors marked him out as an extraordinary talent, and his entire graduate collection in 1994 was bought by the influential stylist Isabella Blow, who became a close friend and mentor. McQueen was said to be devastated when she killed herself in 2007.

His early shows were shocking, but hugely influential – one, entitled Highland Rape, included sharply tailored tartan silhouettes and his now notorious “bumster” trousers, cut so low they revealed the crack of the buttocks.

In 1996 McQueen was appointed chief designer at Givenchy in Paris, provoking controversy among the French fashion establishment. The stint ended abruptly in 2001 after he sold 51% of his own name label, which he had continued to show in London, to Givenchy’s rivals at Gucci Group.

Flagship Alexander McQueen stores opened in New York, London and Milan, and the designer released a number of fragrances and, in 2006, a ready-to-wear line called McQ that is now distributed in 39 countries. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, the same year as he was named international designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The designer, who was gay and described himself as “naturally monogamous”, had a non-legally binding marriage ceremony to George Forsyth, a documentary filmmaker, in 2000, but the relationship ended shortly afterwards.

Paula Reed, Grazia magazine’s style director, said McQueen had defined the silhouette of British fashion for a decade. “Look at the bumster trousers, which he said elongated the body. At first people said: ‘What?’ But for the last 10 years, where the waistband sits, the proportion of tailoring, all of that has completely changed [as a result]. His shows were so extraordinary, so inventive, you wondered, what could he do next? He completely laid himself bare in his shows, and I think there was clearly a huge sensitivity and enormous vulnerability behind that. He presented a tough exterior at times, but in contact with him I only ever found him to be completely human and warm.”

Asked what would become of his label now, Reed said: “How do you replace someone like that?” But in a poignant interview published this week in LOVE magazine, he talked about his plans to bring his designs to the widest possible public. “I’m 40 now, but I want this to be a company that lives way beyond me, and I believe that customers are more important to making that happen than press,” he said. “When I’m dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship. Hopping up and down above earth.”

Recap of Lastnights 52nd Annual Grammy Awards : We’re All Fans

Making the most of the biggest night in music, Jennifer Lopez was spotted taking care of her presenting duties at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards tonight (January 31).The “Waiting for Tonight” songstress had the honor of introducing the cast of American Idiot as well as the larger-than-life punk rock outfit Green Day.And J. Lo’s appearance was one of many star-studded moments at tonight’s shindig, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Other celebs in the house included the Jonas Brothers, Lady GaGa, Elton John, Lea Michele, Beyonce Knowles, and Britney Spears.

Lady GaGa had a great time at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards last night (January 31) with here Armani inspired dress that left us at owe.The “Poker Face” songstress gave the paparazzi plenty to gawk over during her red carpet posedown, looking sexy in a spiky, silver headdress and matching shimmering gown. Prior to her arrival, many celebrities made predictions about the Grammy getup GaGa would be wearing.Once inside, Ms. GaGa garnered not one, but two trophies, making the night an extra-special moment in her still-fledgling career.Additionally, Lady GaGa took the stage to sing a duet with Elton John as the opening number of the evening.
But my favorite performance of the night was Pink wowed the crowd at the Staples Center last night with her performance of “Glitter in the Air” during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards with her acrobatic performance she left me speechless. Pink also took to her Twitter page to inform her fans of her loss to Beyonce in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category. “Well kids, I lost. But I really wonsmile I made my pointsmile thanks for all your love and support. Truly. Now I’m going to eat!!! A LOT Of FOOD.”

Biggest and Brightest Full Moon of 2010 Tonight

Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon.

This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. Each month brings another full moon name.

But why will this moon be bigger than others? Here’s how the moon works:

The moon is, on average, 238,855 miles (384,400 km) from Earth. The moon’s orbit around Earth – which causes it to go through all its phases once every 29.5 days – is not a perfect circle, but rather an ellipse. One side of the orbit is 31,070 miles (50,000 km) closer than the other.

So in each orbit, the moon reaches this closest point to us, called perigee. Once or twice a year, perigee coincides with a full moon, as it will tonight, making the moon bigger and brighter than any other full moons during the year.

Tonight it will be about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than lesser full Moons of the year, according to Spaceweather.com.

As a bonus, Mars will be just to the left of the moon tonight. Look for the reddish, star-like object.

Full moon craziness

Many people think full moons cause strange behavior among animals and even humans. In fact several studies over the years have tried to tie lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, and more. Connections have been inclusive or nonexistent.

The moon does have some odd effects on our planet, and there are oodles of other amazing moon facts and misconceptions:

* A full moon at perigee also brings higher ocean tides. This tug of the moon on Earth also creates tides in the planet’s crust, not just in the oceans.
* Beaches are more polluted during full moon, owing to the higher tides.
* In reality, there’s no such thing as a full moon. The full moon occurs when the sun, Earth and the moon are all lined up, almost. If they’re perfectly aligned, Earth casts a shadow on the moon and there’s a total lunar eclipse. So during what we call a full moon, the moon’s face is actually slightly less than 100 percent illuminated.
* The moon is moving away as you read this, by about 1.6 inches (4 cm) a year.

The moon illusion

Finally, be sure to get out and see the full moon as it rises, right around sunset. Along the horizon, the moon tends to seem even bigger. This is just an illusion.

You can prove to yourself that this is an illusion. Taking a small object such as a pencil eraser, hold it at arm’s length, and compare its size to that of the moon just as it rises. Then repeat the experiment later in the night and you’ll see that the moon compares the same in both cases. Alternately, snap two photos of the moon, with a digital camera or your cell phone, when the moon is near the horizon and later when it’s higher in the sky. Pull both photos up on your computer screen and make a side-by-side comparison.

Astronomers and psychologists agree the moon illusion is just that, but they don’t agree on how to explain it.

* Tonight’s Full Moon: What You Can See

* See Mars at its Best Right Now

Un-Famous Lady Gaga, & MTV’s Boiling Point ?


Starving for fame but not getting any attention because she’s burnette, pedestrian looking Lady Gaga appeared on a 2005 episode of Boiling Points. Remember the short lived show where they’d push unsuspecting people’s buttons until they blew up on camera? Yeah I barely did too, but you can’t miss that Gaga mountain of a nose.

No judgement here my Lady.

Jennifer Lopez new single “Everybody’s Girl ”

Hits the European airway

Its totally different, its new and fresh even for JLO. The beat is awsome, it has a Dance beat to it. I think this one is gonna be a hit.

It has been confermed that its the second follow up single on her up coming album LOVE? due out sometime this year. Im Excited !

Dakota Fanning fine with kissing Kristen Stewart


So according to Dakota Fanning she claims that it wasn’t ” a big deal ” kissing her co-star Kristen Stewart in the upcoming movie ” The Runaways
The American star – who plays Cherie Currie in ‘The Runaways’ about the highly influential 1970s all-girl rock band – says her onscreen smooch with co-star Kristen was anything but awkward.

Speaking at the movie’s Sundance Film Festival premiere, she said: “It wasn’t that big of a deal. It’s just another part of the story. This kiss was passionate – Joan and Cherie were just as close as two could get.”

The 15-year-old actress – who dons high heels and skin-tight bodysuits for the role – said she was given all the outfits to keep after shooting the movie.

She said: “I kept all the wardrobe. I can break it out again some day.”

Dakota also revealed Kristen took a few odd souvenirs home with her as well.

She said: “I kept most of my wardrobe because it is so cool. I know Kristen took some items too, like dog and cat collars. Im not sure when she plans to wear them but she’ll be rocking quite a look when she does.”

JMG Magazine: January “Music” Issue feat Houston local Michelle Rukny


Singer and Model Michelle Rukny is our cover girl. The issue will be out on Friday
Check out this issue and past issues of JMG Magazine