Alexander McQueen 1969 – 2010

Alexander McQueen Store, NYC, © Brandie Raasch Photography

NY Fall Fashion Week 2010 got off to a rather a somber start with the shocking news of Alexander McQueen‘s death. I think anyone who has a great love of fashion, whether you knew McQueen or not, has been deeply saddened by such a stunning loss to the fashion community.

Alexander McQueen Store, NYC, © Brandie Raasch Photography

I hadn’t wanted to write up a post about this until I was able to visit his NYC store. It’s really amazing to see how much he meant to everyone.

There are, of course, many questions as to what will become of the label with McQueen. And I’m not sure who really knows. Is there anyone who could truly replace McQueen? I suppose that’s to be seen, as well as what’s to be done with his final collection for Fall 2010 which was to be shown in just a few weeks during Paris FW.

Alexander McQueen Store, NYC, © Brandie Raasch Photography

But, inspite of this tragedy, Fashion Week must go on, and I think perhaps instead of mourning McQueen’s death, we should all be celebrating his life. Because he lived a great one, adding so much beauty to the world and pushing the fashion industry to a higher level.

In closing, I’m reminded of this Charlie Chaplin song:

“Smile though your heart is aching;

Smile even though it’s breaking.

When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by.

If you smile through your fear and sorrow,

Smile and maybe tomorrow,

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you…”

-B

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About Brandie

I'm a freelance photographer based in Paris.
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