After the fashion world was shaken by the untimely death of creative genius Alexander McQueen on 11th February, we have all been in mourning. London Fashion Week opened yesterday with a sombre mood as British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman led a minute’s silence in tribute to the designer.
On opening London Fashion Week, Tillman spoke of McQueen “His impact on London and this international fashion industry has been extraordinary. And he will be sorely missed. I know that we will all remember his incredible achievements and what he did for fashion here in London. He proved that this industry and this city is one of opportunity, he left school with one O-Level and, with a good mix of determination, hard work and genius, he became and will remain one of London’s leading lights. He has inspired so many to follow and establish their own collection and has influenced many designers. To ensure London, his home city, continues to grow as a global fashion centre will be a fitting tribute to this brilliant man.”
When we entered the main venue at Somerset House we were filled with a mix of awe and sadness to see the wall of remembrance for him, upon which designers, buyers, stylists and journalists attending LFW were given the opportunity to pin messages of condolence for the designer. Elsewhere, Liberty department store have dressed a tribute window with a giant Union Jack, a bright blue dress and the words “For McQueen and country”.