McQ Linen-blend Tuxedo Dress
- 700.00 USD
Designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London flat this morning, the cause of which has been ruled a suicide. It's a macabre end to the life of an extraordinarily talented designer who embraced darker themes in his work, elevating it to a place that transcended fashion and garnered him a reputation as a contemporary genius. It was fashion icon and magazine editor Isabella Blow who discovered McQueen in 1994 at his graduate show for Central Saint Martins, his first collection. McQueen, whose first name is actually Lee, was apparently distraught over the death of his mother just days ago. His death also comes three years after Blow took her own life, and McQueen dedicated his next collection to her. A winner of numerous fashion awards, he possessed a unique brilliance that will never be matched. Today's McQ presentation has been canceled in response to the somber news. See our slideshow for a tribute to the fallen legend, and we invite you to share your thoughts on McQueen's death in the comments section.
by Ida Hsiang
Admit it, you secretly loved Rayanne Graff's quirky, nouveau-hippie threads on "My So-Called Life." She was the fun, free-spirited Laverne to misery chick Angela Chase's Shirley, and her offbeat layers (plaid shirts over tank tops) and wild, streaked hair are the epitome of grunge-era style. But how do you make Rayanne's look modern and chic? To the rescue comes our style expert Brian with some tips on updating Rayanne's quirky look. Brian says: It's true, from distressed jeans to slouchy, oversize blazers, designers are partying like it's 1994. The key to pulling of the look in 2009 is picking pieces that are vaguely reminiscent of the era without being too costume-y. You'll also want to mix them in with items that feel "now" to keep the look current. This paisley blouse by Candie's has modern feminine touches (ruffles, a smocked hem) that totally update the retro print. Plus, the rich brown color feels current. Today's version of Rayanne's tight acid-wash denim is a pair of dark rinse skinny jeans. I love this pair by McQ. Completely unadorned, they'll mix perfectly with anything in your closet. Keep your Docs for posterity's sake, but slip into a pair of slouchy ankle boots like these by Deena & Ozzy. Studded detailing on the harness strap give them a rock and roll feel. The '90s were all about mixing the formal with the casual (prom dresses with sneakers, anyone?), so top off this look with a pair of elegant drop earrings like these by Pade Vavra. Click on over to our friends at Lemondrop for more!