Best of British

Here in NZ it is Queen’s Birthday weekend (a public holiday today)  so to celebrate I thought I would spotlight one of my favourite British fashion houses, Alexander McQueen.

I remember having only recently purchased my first piece of McQueen from Selfridges in London (the wallet in the pic below) when I heard the horrible news that Lee Alexander McQueen had committed suicide just days after the death of his beloved mother.

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Lee McQueen founded his label, worked as chief designer for Givenchy, won 4 British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003. His death left the fashion world reeling.

Sarah Burton, McQueen’s right hand woman, was named as the creative director given the responsibility to continue his work. She has done so well to combine the edgy tailoring that McQueen was loved for while adding a lighter, feminine touch.

Burton solidified her name as a force to be reckoned with when she was revealed to be the designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown in 2011. This was probably the best kept secret of the whole wedding and it was fabulous to think that royalty would support a Fashion House that had been through so much. Major kudos for a label that has  never been far from controversy.

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Spring 2013 Alexander McQueen Collection.

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The scarf emblazoned with skulls that became so coveted around the world.

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