Sunday, 17 June 2012

Alexander McQueen's Top 5 Girls

Alexander McQueen loved, inspired and glorified women. Below we take a look at our personal top 5 McQueen Girls. We chose them as they adore and champion Lee and wear his creations with such style, panache and showmanship.

1. Isabella Blow
Fashion Rebels Lee and Isabella in the 'Burning Down The House' portrait by David LaChapelle.

Isabella Blow was quite simply Lee McQueen's biggest fan from the moment she bought his entire graduate collection in 1993 for £5,000 even though she could barely afford it. Her support and enthusiasm at that time was a crucial boost to Lee's career.

The muse of hat maker Philip Treacy, no one rocked an attention grabbing hat as good as Isabella. She nurtured Philip by letting him set up shop in her flat to work on his collections.

Pictured here with Sheikh Majed Al Sabah, Isabella assisted both Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley at Vogue.

Check out the massive influence on Lady Gaga in this series of pics.


Isabella was into lobsters too

Gaga's lobster is great but the bodyguards are not exactly Kevin Costner stylee

This mask effect is high fashion at its best

Gaga does it with an Elton John extravagance

Amazing textures in the hat and stole

Gaga keeps a poker face reaction to her award win

Isabella with Daphne.

Gaga plays peekaboo with her disc

It was Isabella who spotted Sophie Dahl and then launched her modelling career

After Isabella died, Daphne Guinness (below) purchased her entire amazing wardrobe.

It was so important to Daphne to keep Isabella's collection of 90 outfits and over 50 hats together that she stepped in and bought everything before a planned auction could take place. 

Daphne said "It's Issy, it's her DNA, it should not be scattered to the four winds. I want it to remain as a monument." Daphne you rock! 

Our favourite pic of Isabella.

 Isabella & Lee

2. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga showed her love for Lee McQueen from day one of her career and she is a terrific champion of his legacy wearing this outfit to 2010 VMAs. 

She really suited this year's mix of armour and soft textures.

An Elizabethan collar
Royal effort: Lady GaGa arrived on stage at last night's Royal Variety Show in a red leather Elizabethan-inspired dress

An Elizabethan handshake

Who could you forget that piano?
Piano player: Suspended on a swing, 20ft high, GaGa's performance spared no expense

Bad Romance was a bit of a showcase!

Life is like a McQueen butterfly..

The 2012 collection had a big under-the sea influence

Lee's last collection especially suited Stephanie Germanotta

Nobody does McQueen and Gaga as good as Vanity Fair

Just a totally stunning image.

3. Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness is a fashion titan! A model, designer, actress, collector, icon and inspiration. We love the drama she added to this wonderful McQueen dress.


Exceptionally talented and  beautiful she works with fashion heavyweights such as Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and Philip Treacy

Attending Lee's funeral

From the Girl Who Lived In a Tree Collection

Two icons share a joke
Daphne in the famous armadillo shoes

One of Lee's designs from his time with Gucci.

This was for V magazine in 2011

The crazy metallic heelless shoes

This month Daphne is auctioning off 100 pieces from her collection to raise money for the Isabella Blow Foundation which she founded  to commemorate her friend.

4. Sarah Jessica Parker

Lee dressed Sarah in tartan and tulle for Anglomania Costume Institute Gala at Met in New York

Sarah at the CFDA Awards 2010 in an eye-catching cocktail gown

It could only be an McQueen/Treacy combo for the Sex & The City London premiere. Rule Britannia!

That amazing combo had to be repeated for the Sex and the City 2 premiere

Sarah honouring Lee at the 2011 Met Ball with a 2005 dress

Her sad eyes give away what occasion this was.

Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Alexander McQueen Memorial Service at St Pauls Cathedral on September 20, 2010 in London, England.
Sarah said of Lee "What is more devastating is that despite all his success thus far creatively, critically and commercially, his greatest achievements lay ahead of him."
Lee with thoroughly deserved CBE

5. Sarah Burton

What a daunting task to be guardian to a legacy. What an amazing job Sarah has done in carrying on Alexander McQueen with style, innovation and great heart.

Lee's last collection that did not make it to the runway.

These pictures show the superb collections Sarah has graced the catwalks with. She has added a wonderful, softer feminity to Lee's style whilst still glorying in his genius.

Paris 2011

Autumn/Winter 2011

McQueen shoes are still jaw-dropping
We get the feeling that butterfly motif will become ever more important.

What a moment this was. Nailed It!

We also love Naomi Campbell rounding up some very special models in 2010 to celebrate Lee whilst raising money for Haiti.

Daphne Guinness, Natasha Poly, Karen Elson, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Pivovarova and Heidi Mount.

Lee had a crush on a certain supermodel too.

Every guy's most important girl

Lee simply could not live without her.
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