February 11, 2010: As the Bryant Park tent opened for the first shows of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the Fashion World was still reeling from the news of the passing of an irreverent, unforgettable, fashion icon, designer Alexander McQueen. The news was devastating and brought a solemn tone in counterpoint to the excitement of the beginning of the Fashion Season. Personally, I was in state of a shock as I was preparing to take off to New York.
This year’s Fashion Week was always going to be memorable. It was also always going to be a bit sad. But for different reasons. Rather than being a memorable event because of it being the last year the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was going to take place in Bryant Park, instead it became a day to be remembered as the saddest day in the history of fashion.
Visitor’s to McQueen’s Manhattan store placed flowers and notes to commemorate his passing and express their sense of loss. McQueen was expected to present his latest collection on March 9 during Paris Fashion Week.
“We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing-from street style to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss,” read a statement by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.
The Fashion World lost a young talented artist, known for his exquisite couture-quality gowns and over-the-top theatrical fashion presentations. He was innovative, a renegade and a revolutionary. He was also controversial. His repertoire was admired by some, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katie Holmes, and Penelope Cruz among them but also criticized by others. McQueen pushed boundaries like no other. His legacy will live on forever!
February 13, 2010: It’s been two days since the tragic loss of our iconic designer, Alexander McQueen, but the show goes on. The Fashion crowd gathered at Bryant Park to attend some of the most anticipated shows of the week today: George Chakra, Andy & Debb, Adam, Academy of Art University and Project Runway Six Season winner Irina Shabayeva.
In the midst of a freezing day, I attended the Edition by George Chakra fashion show at the Promenade. His collection dazzled the runway of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. He presented a total of 42 looks including a mix of beautiful cocktail dresses, asymmetrical, and strapless evening-wear with nude inserts, reverse tuxedo cocktail dresses and coats, lace pantsuits and an amazing wedgewood blue, double-face mohair, off-the-shoulder sweater, which was one of my favorite pieces….the off-the-shoulder mohair sweater was sexy, but yet chic…..I could have worn that on my trip…It was so cold, and of course my closet is just full of mini dresses and mini furs…LOL!
The Lebanese designer’s collection was dominated by vibrant reds, blues, blacks, metallic and futuristic silvers in materials like chiffon, crepe, mink silk, velvet and lame. The focus of his collection, without any doubt, was excessiveness within bounds. I, of course, was not the only one from the West Coast. Many San Francisco Fashionistas were seen around: Kelly Grimes, Rachel Lena Esterline, Marcy Carmack, Joel Goodrich, Mark Calvano and Bahya Oumlil-Murad were among the attendees.