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Fashion — Cut On The Bias

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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The Great Loss of a Creative Mind

February 11, 2010, is a sad day for many in the fashion and design world.  For this is the day that the legendary and critically-acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his home,  after allegedly taking his own life.  Fashion designers and  fashionphiles around the world are mourning the loss of one of the most creative and innovative designers of his generation.   His creations were critically acclaimed and could even be called masterpieces, while those not in-tune to fashion may have asked how in the world people could wear such things.  One example of that would be his “armadillo” heels, a 10-inch tall stiletto.

While his designs were loved by many fashion critics, he had yet to receive the greatest commercial success.  McQueen’s name has become more well-known over the last few years, nevertheless he traveled  a long road to get to where he was at the time of his untimely death.

Lee Alexander McQueen was born in London in 1969 to a taxi driver father and social science teacher mother as the youngest of six children.  Alexander started at a young age to design and make dresses for his sisters sparking a desire to become a fashion designer.  As a teen, he became an apprentice to Savile Row tailors, Anderson and Sheppard, and later worked with theatrical costumiers.  After a short time in Milan, Italy, McQueen returned to London and attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where he received a Masters degree in Fashion Design.  It was around this time that he met a well-known British fashion stylist, Isabella Blow, and she persuaded McQueen to change his first name from Lee to Alexander for the launch of his own fashion line.

After finishing design school, McQueen was initiated as head designer for Givenchy in 1996, following John Galliano.  Many were shocked that McQueen had been chosen, and his designs seemed to be a little too rebellious and controversial for Givenchy.  His contract with the company lasted until 2001, and McQueen left to pursue his own line since he felt that Givenchy was “constraining his creativity.”  It was after he launched his own line that cemented his reputation for shocking and controversial runway shows.  He changed the way many came to view the runway by combining fashion and technology into his shows.  In 2006, for example, his show entitled “Widows of Culloden” featured a life-sized hologram of British supermodel Kate Moss draped in flowing fabric.

Alexander McQueen accomplished many honors in his time as a designer, such as being the youngest to be awarded “British Designer of the Year” four times between the years of 1996 and 2003.  The Council of Fashion Designer Awards also named him International Designer of the Year.  In late 2000, Gucci Group became partners with McQueen and aimed to open stores in the fashion capitals of the world with McQueen on board as Creative Director.  McQueen was also the first designer to team up with MAC cosmetics to launch a limited edition line of makeup with the brand.  McQueen was a favorite among many celebrities on the red carpet and at Hollywood parties, dressing everyone from Rihanna to Sarah Jessica Parker.  More recently, many younger music fans have seen more Alexander McQueen than they may be aware.  Lady Gaga has featured many of his creations in her music videos, especially in the video for “Bad Romance.”  The sometimes controversial pop star wore dresses and shoes designed by Alexander McQueen, most noticeably the armadillo heels and the dragon stilettos, pictured below.

Lady Gaga’s red lace ensemble she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards was also an older piece by Alexander McQueen, except for the red crown which the Haus of Gaga added themselves.  He also recently dressed many actresses for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.  One of the stars who wore his creations included Sandra Bullock, pictured below, as well as Drew Barrymore and Kate Bosworth.

On the day he was found dead in his home, McQueen was set to show his new line entitled McQ at New York fashion week.  The show was cancelled after the news of his death broke, and even his website is shut down for the time being.  The designer had apparently been going through a hard time as of late;  his mother just passed away a little over a week ago and McQueen had posted on his Twitter account that he was having a rough time getting through it.  He had also lost his good friend, Isabella Blow, who was mentioned earlier in this article.  In 2007, she took her own life after being called irrelevant to the design world.  We may never know what McQueen was going through in his personal life, but his death is sure to sadden many and we have truly lost one of the best designers who was just starting to become noticed in most of the world.

We have truly lost one of the great creative minds of our generation. Let us know what you think or express your condolences by commenting below…

Contribution: Joey Williams

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/11/alexander-mcqueen-dead-fa_n_458250.html

Zac Pozen: A Luxe Look for Less

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When one thinks of Zac Posen, you probably imagine a fabulous Hollywood Starlet or Pop Princess dressed in jeweled panels of asymmetrical couture with glitz, glamour, and ruffles. The Zac Posen label evokes both high fashion and high costs. Needless to say, the majority of Today’s American consumers have to try and re-create that look for less. Well look no further! Because the young design prodigy has done the leg work for you. Posen has launched a brand extension, or as he puts it, a “new identity” to include a lower-priced sportswear line, “Z Spoke”, found exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Z Spoke explores high-fashion fit in classic silhouettes with Posen-like twists of asymmetry, cut-outs, or piping details. Although the new line is ‘street inspired’ it contains the always foreboding Zac Posen standard of luxe. Many designers like Posen have to re-imagine their runway looks into ‘real way’ for real women at price points they can afford. Not only are designers making vestments at broader price points, they are also expanding their size range offerings to include plus size to target the ever expanding American waist line. Does the fashion industry’s glass stiletto continue to fit? Is the industry selling an unrealistic fantasy to women with its couture lines? Moreover, have the times made designers think more like businessmen, forcing designers to chase the consumer instead of the consumers chasing a pipe dream?

Source: wwd

Emerging Designers, NY Fashion Week 2009

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From September 10-19, during the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, iFashion Network kicked off its week long unveiling of innovative designs, trends, and style. As part of the grand event, fifteen emerging designers from around the world showcased their high-end, cutting edge Spring 2010 collections. The iFashion show had a great turn out with a crowd that ranged from press, celebrities, to fashion icons, designers, models, with a guest list including: Matt Wayne, Khloe Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Teyana Taylor, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, Jamie Fox, Hillary Duff, Beyonce, Karina Passion, Christian Rich, Housewives of Atlanta, Sheree Whitfield, Retro Kidz, Kyle Mingo, Chantelle Borgella, Caitlin McCormick, John Peace, Paris Hilton, Kate Dennings, Charlye Yi, Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), Taylor Kitch, Jon Foster, Isabel Lucas, Jackson Rathbone, Camilla Deterre, Dee and Ricky Jackson… To name a few.

Featuring:

Terry Stevens

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About Terry Stevens

The Fashion designer from Chicago owns and designs two successful labels, Michael Joseph and Funkinbeautiful, which can be found in several upscale boutiques across the country. She learned her craft while working with Xuly Bet and Colette, after moving to Paris in 2000. Later she participated in the fifth season of Project Runway which launched her career as a featured personality on many TV shows. Her  Spring 2010 collection presented at New York’s Fashion week, pays a tribute to Michael Jackson. “It’s about the different styles he wore during all the decades he’s been under the spotlight, “says fashion designer Terry Stevens.

terristevens.net

 

Ornella Noto

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About Ornella Noto

From an artistic upbringing, from her grand-parents, one a musician, the other a baroque furniture sculptor, a hair stylist mother, a choreographer sister, to herself a dancer, fashion designer, Ornella Noto’s passion for clothes and costumes started at a very young age, when she participated and advised her family in their professional activities. From the age of 15, despite studying economics and law, she spent her free time working at trendy boutiques on the French Riviera, hoping to pursue a carreer in fashion. Later, she will work at the renowned Façonnable’s showroom and create a luxurious sportswear collection for a new French brand.

Building upon her multiple international trips and experiences in the fashion business, she started her own collection, called Ornellanoto, and continues to do what she has always done: Shape her style with the goal to always be trendy and avant-gardist, while staying feminine and elegant. Her Spring 2010 collection is inspired by her “vision of New York with a French touch, a “Pretty Woman” style, the surprising woman, looked by everyone, elegant, fresh, happy and natural,” says fashion designer, Ornella Noto.

 http://www.facebook.com/people/Ornella-Noto/

 

Hernan Lander

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 About Hernan Lander:

Hernan Lander designs womenswear, menswear and accessories, offering a full line of unique fashion creations to his clients, who appreciate the sophistication and creativity of his work. His extensive experience not only includes collaborating with the prominent designers mentioned earlier, but also working for the Donna Karan Collection until December 2008.

http://www.hernanlander.com/

 

Kenley Collins:

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 About Kinley Collins:

 Recognized for her vintage inspired party dresses, Kenley’s creations have become must-haves for customers all over the world. Being featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, such as New York Magazine, Page Six, Elle Magazine, People, Us Weekly, Star, InTouch and The New York Post, she isn’t going anywhere. She is now expanding her collection to include separates, sportswear, gowns, accessories and menswear. Collins is set to make waves when presenting her Spring 2010 collection this fall. “I was inspired by Amelia Earthart while creating this new collection,” says fashion designer, Kenley Collins.

http://kenleycollins.com/

 

Source: http://events.ifashionnetwork.com/index.php#