Out of all the dramatic and not so-dramatic gown at the Golden Globes, last night, two stood out for being the most forward-thinking and outré. You may not agree with them, you may even be on the fence with them, but you have to admit that both Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman‘s gowns stand out from the crowd. And it’s a pretty hard crowd to stand out from, considering every A-lister is doing their level best to outshine the other. What makes these two gowns extraordinary is the key usage of embellishment, elevating, what would be regular black gowns to show-stoppers. Before we start, it’s also important to note that both ladies were extremely smart in leaving their hair and makeup neutral — and OMG, did their skins glow — so that their outfits took center-stage.
Kate’s black gown was a dramatic Alexander McQueen. It featured long sleeves and a little train, but the flash of skin, which was so sexy, was provided through a deep key-hole. And all that may be gravy, but the aspect we’re tripping over the most is the gold-leaf embellishment on the collar and the waist. The whole outfit has quite the impact, and is complemented by her little gold Roger Vivier ‘Boite de Nuit’ clutch, which was totally in keeping with the whole outfit. Giving her a run for her money, though, was Nicole’s gown, also by Alexander McQueen. How’s that for a synchronistic moment? The lovely actress’ gown featured some eye-catching bronze studs over the bodice, elevating her in the embellishment stakes. We usually demur from the semi-sheer trend but find the mesh detailing on her waist gorgeous. She iced up the look with Fred Leighton jewelry that was minimal enough not to interfere with her look. We’re sold on both. But who gets best embellishment, then? Which of the two McQueens will you pick? Vote, vote, vote!
Alright, Mrs. O! We’ve always been fans of the first lady and her fashion stylings, but Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen has hit it out of the ball park. The occasion was a state dinner for the Chinese President, Hu Jintao last night. It’s also less than a month away from the one year anniversary of McQueen’s death, so this whole outfit feels like the prefect tribute. This gorgeous gown was designed by the late designer’s former assistant, Sarah Burton, who looks like she just fine at the reigns of the fashion house.
Just look at it? The crimson and black ruffled silk organza creation looks like a dream on Michelle. Perhaps it was customized, because this design seems to be a variation of this dress from the McQueen collection? She merchandised it up just right too, with large droplet earrings and a fringed black shawl. Who knew she would get so avant-garde? We guess that’s why there’s a whole website dedicated to Michelle-fashion, because you never know what she’s going to throw on next.
McQueen’s psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Pereira told the coroner’s court that the designer was diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and that McQueen had attempted suicide twice before. He stated, “He certainly felt very pressured by his work but it was a double-edged sword,” Dr Pereira said. “He felt it was the only area of his life where he felt he had achieved something. Usually after a show he felt a huge come-down. He felt isolated, it gave him a huge low.” He added that after his mother’s death, McQueen was “overwhelmed with grief” and “felt that was the one link that had gone from his life and there was very little to live for.”
Kate Moss couldn’t control her emotions yesterday in London during a fashion show to benefit Haiti, openly weeping as designs by her good friend Alexander McQueen walked down the runway. At the Fashion For Relief Haiti charity event put together by model Naomi Campbell, designer clothing was modeled and auctioned off to aid people affected by the earthquake. Earlier in the evening, Kate modeled a McQueen dress from his final collection, but when she saw some of his other designs pass by, she broke down and was consoled by friend and fellow model Annabelle Nielson. Moss was one of McQueen’s closest friends and was devastated by his untimely death. On the bright side, the event raised nearly $2 million for Haiti, which goes to show that Naomi Campbell can do other things besides throwing phones at people’s heads. [Photos: Getty Images]
Lady Gaga honored her friend Alexander “Lee” McQueen at the Brit Awards (see photos) yesterday, after he committed suicide by hanging himself in his wardrobe on February 11.Gaga appeared at a piano, sporting a massive wig and McQueen garb, accompanied by a giant statue of herself in McQueen’s infamous 12-inch booties. The best thing about Gaga is, even without all the crazy costumes and pseudo-avant garde performances, she’s still insanely talented. The weirdness just makes her belting sh*t out a piano seem new and revolutionary, when really she’s just our generation’s version of Billy Joel (a crooner with serious piano skills, for those of you born after 1985).
Gaga kept it low-key for a while, with a slow version of “Telephone” which she dedicated to her designer friend, before moving through some awkward dance routine while pounding out beats on a giant guitar. Pretty standard Gaga, but still moving – not because of the strange performance, but the evident emotion behind it. Pics below.
We sat down with Adam Lambert today (more on that swoon-tastic moment next week), and the first thing we spoke about was yesterday’s death of innovative fashion designer Alexander “Lee” McQueen. The singer showed up to our interview in a McQueen shirt in honor of the late luminary, and expressed his sadness over the designer’s alleged suicide numerous times during out chat. It’s a great loss for all of us, but for someone like Adam who gets fashion (and by “get” we mean he wore the fiercest patent leather YSL boots today, while we stomped around in Steve Maddens) it’s felt a bit deeper. In the clip above, he shares with us his grief over losing a sartorial “visionary.”
The designer and the diva were constantly supporting each others’ art: he helped debut her single “Bad Romance” at his Spring/Summer 2010 runway show and she sported his clothes to such high profile events as the MTV VMAs (see outfit above), and in her “Bad Romance” video (in which she only wears his designs; watch it below). As Popeater reports, McQueen’s publicist even referred to Gaga as his “an unofficial muse.” How will she handle the loss of her biggest fashion collaborator, and friend? [Photo: GettyImages]
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, beloved by such celebs asRihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Moss, has committed suicide in London. The 40-year-old fashion icon was found dead in his London apartment, where it appears that he hung himself. A rep for his company confirmed the death, saying “‘It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.”
McQueen appeared to be grief-stricken recently after losing his mother just a week ago and had posted several emotional messages on his (now-defunct) Twitter page in the past few days.
As a designer he was occasionally shocking, dark and always unconventional but he was beloved in the fashion community and and named British Designer of the Year four times. He was a designer for Givenchy and Gucci, as well as running his own label, and opened several boutiques in the past three years. His death will cast a shadow over the upcoming Fashion Week activities in London and Paris. No doubt the fashion world will honor the man and his talent there and mourn his tragic passing. [Photos: Getty Images]
In 1996, freakshow fashion designer Alexander McQueen won his first British Designer Of The Year award. That same year, Billy Corgan‘s Smashing Pumpkins enjoyed their first Top 20 hit, “1979.” Both hoodie enthusiasts were born on March 17th. Click on the photo to find out who’s older.
Alexander McQueen unveiled his Fall/Winter 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris yesterday, and Bjork‘s favorite designer did not disappoint those looking for drama. Check out the gallery below for some of the more striking ensembles from his “ironic and illusory exploration of the concept of re-invention.” Mugatu approves.