×
967
Fashion Jobs
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Khandala
Permanent · Lonavala
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Vadodara
Permanent · Vadodara
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Bharuch
Permanent · Bharuch
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Nasik
Permanent · Nashik
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Gangtok
Permanent · Gangtok
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Gondal
Permanent · Gondal
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Rajsamand
Permanent · Rajsamand
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Patna
Permanent · Patna
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Kolhapur
Permanent · Kolhapur
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Vapi
Permanent · Vapi
PAPERGRID INDUSTRIES
Area Manager (Sales)
Permanent · Chennai
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Bhavnagar
Permanent · Bhavnagar
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Osian
Permanent · Osian
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Gaya
Permanent · Gaya
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Igatpuri
Permanent · Igatpuri
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Ramgarh
Permanent · Ramgarh Cantonment
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Puri
Permanent · Puri
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Kota
Permanent · Kota
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Veraval
Permanent · Veraval
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Bhuj
Permanent · Bhuj
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Palanpur
Permanent · Palanpur
LAVYA ASSOCIATES
Area Sales Manager-Direct- Life Insurance-Gorakhpur
Permanent · Gorakhpur
By
AFP
Published
Feb 14, 2010
Reading time
3 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

Fans grab mementos as fashion bad boy mourned

By
AFP
Published
Feb 14, 2010

LONDON, Feb 12, 2010 (AFP) - Fashion fans rushed to grab British designer Alexander McQueen's clothes and accessories as mementos Friday 12 February, retailers said, as the fashion world reeled from his shock death.


Photo: AFP/Carl Court

His apparent suicide Thursday 11 February at the age of 40 cast a shadow over the start of New York Fashion Week, a gloom likely to extend onto the London catwalks next week.

Tributes continued to pour in for the enfant terrible of fashion, who hanged himself at his London home after his mother died last week, and a day before her funeral, according to media reports.

"He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion," said US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, calling him "one of the greatest talents of his generation."

In New York, his death caused shock as the Autumn-Winter 2010 Fashion Week opened. McQueen was not taking part in New York Fashion Week, which opens the season before shows in London, Milan, then Paris.

"It's horrible news. It's so sad to be in such a state of despair. Such a great talent, such poetry -- it's horrific," New York fashion doyenne Diane von Furstenberg, head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told AFP.

In London the news threw a bombshell into preparations for London Fashion Week, where models are preparing to take to the catwalks from next Friday (19 February) with the Autumn-Winter collections.

"The shocking news of (McQueen's) apparent suicide casts a deathly veil of sorrow over the fashion world," wrote The Daily Telegraph fashion editor Hilary Alexander, who championed him when he was struggling as a young designer.

A McQueen show due in Paris on March 9 "has not been cancelled," a company spokeswoman told AFP.

The immediate priority, however, was organising the designer's funeral, which would be strictly private, she added.

Meanwhile retailers reported a rush to buy McQueen wares.

"Just after the news broke all of our Alexander McQueen stock started flying off the shelves. Initially the signature skull print scarves were the most popular items," said Kate Brindley of top London store Liberty's.

"But now we've seen a surge in sales of the more serious fashion items like the dresses and tailoring," she added.

Selfridges department store in London said it had seen a "very significant and immediate uplift" in sales.

"We full expect customers to want to buy something by him -- anything -- to keep as a memento, but also as a genuine tribute to his craft and spirit," said Selfridges' buying director Anne Pitcher.

From a humble background, McQueen rose to become one of Britain's most lauded fashion designers.

A four-time winner of the British designer of the year award, he designed for Givenchy and was creative director of his own label which was bought out by Gucci.

German couture legend Karl Lagerfeld was one of the first to pay tribute to him, telling AFP: "There was always some attraction to death, his designs were sometimes dehumanised.

"Who knows, perhaps after flirting with death too often, death attracts you," he added.

Media reports said McQueen's mother Joyce died on February 2, and in a comment on his Twitter page Sunday 7 February he wrote that he had had an "awful week, but my friends have been great, but now I have to somehow pull myself together."

The Times newspaper reported that his mother was to be buried on Friday 12 February.

McQueen's close friend and fashion icon Isabella Blow killed herself three years ago at the age of 48. Suffering from cancer and depression, she died of a drug overdose after telling friends she was going out shopping.by Lucie Godeau

Copyright © 2022 AFP. All rights reserved. All information displayed in this section (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the contents of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presses.