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Lady Gaga — Cut On The Bias

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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

Express Yourself with Accessories

Has anyone else started to feel or notice a slight change in our collective consciousness? With the meteoric rise and popularity of artist such as Lady Gaga, there seems to be more acceptance and praise for individuality.  Gaga appears to be more than just another artist trying to make a name for herself using the Speidi Pratt method of shock value and publicity stunts.  Gaga is provocative but definitely has a distinct point of view and it’s fascinating to try and draw the parallels to her inspiration.  The shift and increased popularity of individual creativity has caused other artist to step up their game to reach deep into their creative mind and express their personal style.  Now it’s our turn…and what better way to express ones personal style than with the perfect mix of accessories?  The right sunglasses can sometimes be enough to make the statement you are feeling at the moment and other times it takes the sunglasses, the necklace, the ring, and maybe even the motorcycle gloves to enhance your look. Whatever accessories you find appropriate are a quick and easy way to express your creative and individual points of view.  Remember the great Coco Chanel said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

We live in a world obsessed with celebrity culture and are looking to be noticed, and to borrow the words of the Navi people in Avatar, “I see you.” Since we all seek understanding why not show who you are in your personal style.  Peacocking is a common practice in the animal kingdom so let’s draw a cue from nature and express yourself.  Below are some accessories that you can add to your wardrobe to take your personal style to the next creative level of self expression.

Killer Eyewear

Check out the Barracuda sunglasses that resemble ones worn by Rihanna in the Run This Town video or perhaps the Sabotage eyewear donned in an Italian vogue editorial.  This killer eyewear is from the A-Morir collection by Kerin Rose. Kerin Rose’s use of rhinestones, spikes, chains, lace, studs or even pearls reflects her love of a theatrical glam look. A-Morir has been worn by many celebs including Katie Perry, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and many more. Each item is handmade and will continue to have necks snapping as you traverse the crowd.

Anything Patricia Fields

If you want to give your personal style a harder edge, check out the Jennifer Goldmine Half Gloves made by Patricia Fields.  The decorative cone-studs and chain blings out the soft leather half-gloves giving the wearer an undeniably edgy look. Patricia Fields is most commonly known for her costume work on Sex & the City.  If a properly placed pendant is more your speed Fields also makes a  9” Flower Pin of gradating hues of silver and black that was featured in People Magazine . If you are looking for a more traditional accessories try the Union Jack Shoulder Bag. The bag is made of quilted leather and zips across the top with a chanel-style strap. A Patricia Fields accessory will help take your look to the next level.

Masculine Motifs

Women’s fashion has always been more forward than men’s outfitting; nevertheless with the shift toward creative individuality there are more options for men to express their points of view via accessory.  Hunters & Gatherers sells a unique take on classic suspenders with their Skin Graft Suspender Bag. The two small asymmetrical leather pouches hang on both sides with adjustable elastic bands at back, and elastic suspender clasps on the front. If one is looking for something less gun holster inspired maybe the Hensley Wallet or GG Striped Laces will more subtly make the right statement. Multi-purpose pieces allow you to take an accessory and wear it many different ways. Metropark’s Red & Gold Tie Me Up is a braided cotton studded cord accented with mini charms. The item can be worn as necklace, wrap bracelet, or as a head wrap. So no matter what way you choose to express your individuality in your personal style it is important to be your most authentic self.

Share you thoughts on enhancing your personal style with accessories below…

Contributor: Joey Williams