Alexander McQueen

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Puma planning store at Block 37 - Chicago Tribune
The new store will be the first to carry all categories of Puma merchandise under one roof, ranging from collections for popular sports such as soccer, running and golf to sports-themed fashion designed by Alexander McQueen Puma....
The best place to go for 'crisis prices' -
These days, even big-name designers like Proenza Schouler and Alexander McQueen are collaborating with American retailer Target for high fashion with accessible prices. Anna Sui is the next big name to join Target's Designer Collaborations Series....
Gucci Group calls £200m media pitch - Brand Republic
Gucci, which also owns brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, uses MPG as the agency on its £5 million UK business. Other agencies on the Gucci roster include Mindshare in France and Italy....
(Mc)Queen Beth Ditto: The Gossip Fronter's Alexander McQueen Shoot ... - BlackBook Magazine
A besotted Alexander McQueen, inspired to create a number of designs for Ditto, tells BlackBook: “I have three words for Beth: life and soul.” A terrific antidote to the misanthropic nausea of the Bush-era hangover, Ditto reminds us that America's best...
Rachel Roy for Macys, Anna Sui for Target, Charlotte Ronson for JC ... - Blackvoices
Target's first collaborative effort with British wunderkind Alexander McQueen sold out very quickly this spring. Sui's is guaranteed to do the same, considering the added hot element her collection offers -- inspiration from the four main characters of...
MCQ by ALEXANDER McQUEEN - Viewonfashion
For SS09, McQ Alexander McQueen invokes the youthful exuberance of 1980's London nightlife, channelling the decadence and extravagance that characterised the figureheads of the era's subversive club scene. A plethora of clashing prints, bold colours...
Katie Holmes Around Town... Greiss Leaves Rykiel... - Women's Wear Daily
“It's Alexander McQueen,” she said. “I [already] had it, and it was nice and cool for a hot day.” Presumably, Holmes won't have to give as much thought to her fashion choices next Monday. The actress said she'll skip the Costume Institute Gala, adding,...
The A-list worked the trends last night -
Dita Von Teese wore autumn/winter 2009-10's crucial colour combination; red and black, as seen at Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem, whilst out and about in the City of Love last night. Meanwhile, Parisian-born fashion consultant Julia...
McQueen for Puma -
McQueen-sberry rules, anyone? Alexander McQueen is not pulling any punches with his autumn/winter collection for Puma: in fact, he's actively encouraging them. His Pugilist range takes its inspiration from traditional boxing apparel, with three-quarter...
Top fashion brands make online push - SmartBrief
Burberry rival Alexander McQueen also is boosting its online presence. "We've had to become more interactive with customers and have ramped up our activity since the launch of the site," said Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO of Alexander McQueen....

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen CBE (born Lee Alexander McQueen, 17 March 1969) is an English fashion designer.

Born in the East End of London, he is the son of a taxi driver, McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer.

McQueen left Rokeby School at 16, landing himself an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, then working for Gieves & Hawkes and the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. Whilst on Savile Row, McQueen's clients included Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles, Prince of Wales. At the age of 20, he spent a period of time working for Koji Tatsuno before traveling to Milan, Italy and working for Romeo Gigli.

McQueen returned to London in 1994 and applied to London's most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design to work as a pattern cutter tutor. Due to the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded by the Head of the Masters course to enroll on the course as a student. He received his Masters degree in Fashion design and famously, his graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was said to have persuaded McQueen to change his name from Lee to Alexander (his middle name) when he subsequently launched his fashion career.

Icelandic diva Björk is a huge fan of McQueen's work.

Alexander McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics (earning the title "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion"), with trousers aptly named "bumsters", and a collection entitled "Highland Rape". It has also been claimed that he was on income support and that he needed to change his name for his first show so that he could continue to receive benefits. McQueen is known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, spring 2005’s human chess game and his fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss, dressed in yards of rippling fabric.

The president of LVMH, Bernard Arnault caused a stir when he instated McQueen as head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano. Upon arrival at Givenchy, McQueen insulted the founder by calling him ‘irrelevant’. Thus, his first couture collection with Givenchy was unsucessful, with even McQueen telling Vogue in October 1997 that the collection was “crap”. McQueen toned down his act at Givenchy, but continued to indulge his rebellious streak, causing controversy in Autumn 1998 with a show which included car-robots spraying paint over white cotton dresses, and double amputee model Aimee Mullins striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs. McQueen stayed with Givenchy until March 2001, when the contract he said was "constraining his creativity" was ended.

Some of Alexander McQueen's accomplishments include being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won three times between 1996 and 2003. He has also been awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. December 2000 saw a new partnership for McQueen with Gucci Group acquiring 51% of the company, and McQueen serving as Creative Director. Plans for expansion have included the opening of stores in London, Milan, and New York, and the launch of his perfumes Kingdom, and more recently My Queen. In 2005, McQueen collaborated with Puma to create a special line of trainers for the shoe brand.

McQueen became the first designer to participate in MAC's newest promotion: cosmetic releases created by fashion designers. The collection, McQueen, was released on 11 October 2007 and reflects the looks used on the Fall/Winter McQueen runway. The inspiration for the collection was the Elizabeth Taylor movie Cleopatra, and thus the models sported intense blue, green, and teal eyes with strong black liner extended Egyptian-style. McQueen handpicked the 3 cream shadows, coordinating eye shadows, two lip sticks, two lipglasses, three eyeliners, false lashes and Mineralized Skin Finish powder used in the collection.

Alexander McQueen by the end of 2007 had boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas. Japanese pop superstar Ayumi Hamasaki is one of the many celebrities that often wears Alexander McQueen, often seen in her "making of" videos and back-stage clips. As of 14 July 2008, the Alexander McQueen internet store has launched on the company website, allowing shoppers to purchase ready-to-wear and accessories online.

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Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott is a Missouri-born fashion designer. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for fashion design. Jeremy is best known for his outrageous and sometimes comical designs. After showing in Paris for several years in order to establish his name, he returned to the United States. His unique creations have been worn by celebrities including Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Björk, Robyn, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and his good friend Cory Kennedy. His designs incorporate unconventional looks, including one-legged pants. Jeremy was named number 31 in the Face’s ‘Most Important People in Fashion’ issue, ranking higher than Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. He is also stylist for the band Fischerspooner.

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Daiane Conterato

Daiane Conterato (born October 17, 1990 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a Brazilian fashion model. As of November 2008, she is ranked #46 among models at the website She is represented by Ford Models Brasil in São Paulo, Supreme Management in New York, Women Milan in Milan, Women Paris in Paris, Traffic Models in Barcelona, and Bravo Models in Tokyo.

Conterato made her runway debut at the fall 2006 Prada show. During 2006, she appeared on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue and in editorials in V, French Vogue, the New York Times T style magazine, and Vogue Italia. During the Spring 2007 fashion weeks, she opened the Alexander McQueen show and also walked for Chanel. During 2007, she appeared in advertisements for Marc Jacobs, Miss Sixty, Rebecca Taylor and in editorials in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, and Dazed & Confused. In March 2007, she was selected as one of the top ten new models by Marie Claire bookings editor Amy Argento.

During Spring 2008 fashion weeks, Conterato opened the Alexandre Herchcovitch and Christopher Kane shows and closed the Yohji Yamamoto show. She also walked in Spring 2008 couture shows including Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. During Fall 2008 fashion weeks, she opened for Ann Demeulemeester and also walked for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Dries van Noten, Givenchy, and Miu Miu. During 2008, she appeared on the cover of Tank and in an editorial in Elle. During Spring 2009 fashion weeks, she opened for Alexandre Herchovitch and Proenza Schouler and closed for Ann Demeulemeester.

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Gothic fashion

Basic Goth outfit and makeup, though drawing on various aspects of the subculture; spikes and white makeup are commonly attributed to the style.

Gothic fashion is a clothing style worn by members of the Goth subculture; a dark, sometimes morbid, eroticized fashion and style of dress. Typical Gothic fashion includes black dyed hair and black clothes. Both male and female goths sometimes wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernails, but this tends to be more of a stereotype rather than a true representation of the wide diversity of people who subscribe to the Gothic lifestyle. Styles are often borrowed from the Elizabethans and Victorians. BDSM imagery and paraphernalia are also common. Some haute couture designers, particularly Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, have been associated with the goth aesthetic.

Cintra Wilson declares that "The origins of contemporary goth style are found in the Victorian cult of mourning." Valerie Steele is an expert in the history of the style.

Many goths are drawn to the fashion due to a sense of alienation, which may explain the style's fascination with morbidity or vampire style. Wearing black eyeshadow and shroud-like clothing that refers to the dead may express grief, despair, or mourning. Some goth experience fashion as a transformation from alienation through self-expression and a sense of belonging to a community that shares the same sense of alienation. Alternately, the fashion may reflect an attraction to the darker side of sexuality.

Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark black clothing (or hair or makeup), often contrasted with boldly colored clothing, hair and makeup in shades of deep reds, purples, blues or emerald green. Fabrics and styles that evoke romantic eras as well as morbidity, and usually combine style elements that flow and drape, or restrict and emphasize a body part (i.e. corsetry or tight sleeves or trousers). Goth fashion further emphasizes the personal power of an individual, as the juxtapositions of elements of rugged accessories (metal and leather), to that of the vulnerable and sensual restriction of body parts (i.e. lace, silks, and high heels for either gender).

Goth fashion is sometimes confused with heavy metal fashion.

One female role model is Theda Bara, the 1910s femme fatale known for her dark eyeshadow. Musidora, Bela Lugosi, Bettie Page, Morticia Addams, Nico, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Dave Vanian, Robert Smith, and Siouxsie Sioux are also style icons.

In 1977, Karl Lagerfeld hosted the Soirée Moratoire Noire party, specifying "tragique exigée absolument noire" (totally black tragic dress required). The event included elements associated with leatherman style.

Goth fashion has a reciprocal relationship with the fashion world. In the later part of the first decade of the twenty-first century, designers such as Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Rodarte, John Galliano, Olivier Theyskens, and Yohji Yamamoto brought elements of goth to runways. This was described as "Haute Goth" by Cintra Wilson in the New York Times. Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Christian Lacroix have also been associated with a gothic style. In Spring 2004, Riccardo Tisci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Stefano Pilati dressed their models as "glamorous ghouls dressed in form-fitting suits and coal-tinted cocktail dresses".

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Gay skinhead

A gay skinhead, also known as a gayskin or queerskin, is a gay person who identifies with the skinhead subculture, often (though not necessarily) out of sexual interest. Some gay skinheads have a sexual fetish for skinhead clothing styles, and some have a fetish for violence. Some are attracted to skinheads' outward displays of masculinity. Gay skinheads figure in the work of gay artists such as Canadian painter Attila Richard Lukacs and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. Gay skinheads have been featured on the catwalks of fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier since the early 1990s.

Some skinheads who are gay do not fetishize the skinhead image. These individuals may prefer not to be referred to as gayskins because of the sexual connotations — and they may not associate with self-identified gayskins for the same reason.

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Arkadius (Arkadiusz Weremczuk) is a Polish fashion designer who is currently living in India. He was born in Lublin (Poland) on the 5th July 1969.

He graduated from the BA course in Fashion Design with Marketing from St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London in 1999. In his second year at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design he met Alexander McQueen and worked in his creative atelier. After graduation he launched his own label, ‘Arkadius’. The list of stars wearing his creations is quite extensive and includes such names as: Christina Aguilera, Ashanti, Björk, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Graham Norton and Adrien Brody. In 2000 he received the New Generation Award from the British Fashion Council and was chosen as the best fashion designer of the year by Elle Style Awards Poland. In 2001 the industry experts chose Arkadius as one of the 10 leading designers in the United Kingdom. The same year he received an award from NESTA. The new strategy of Arkadius as a designer is based mainly on licensing with a few highly professional companies, who are the leaders in their own field. The first product launched in January 2005, are sunglasses under a name of: ‘Arkadius Goggles’. Other products are scheduled to appear on the market in due course. The brand philosophy: ‘Dare to be different’ is rapidly finding its niche market around the world among the young rebellious, non conformists. With an appox 70,000 hits per month, is the window to the world of the unique design philosophy of Arkadius. Apart from working in the fashion field, Arkadius made his debut as a costume designer when Placido Domingo, the Artistic Director of the LA Opera House appointed him to design costumes for the production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The opera received its premiere in May 2003 at the Los Angeles Opera House. He has also designed interior for a Farol Design Hotel in Portugal in 2004.

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