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February 13, 2010 at 9:33 am
For the sake of fashion, McQueen's line cannot die.
February 13, 2010 at 9:44 am
I don't think the question is "the fashion" now. He was above all, a creator, I mean, an amazing artist. How do you replace an artist?
February 13, 2010 at 9:49 am
moschino is still great, thanks to Jardini. It retils even better. What about Versace?Nobody can replace McQueen's genius, mainly in his great shows, but maybe his team can go on with the clothes…..this coming fall 2010 collection should be finished by his hands,as well as the project of prespring/spring don't you think? I am sure that not only gucci invested a lot on him, but also all people working with him… This retailer speaking to you sounds a bit superficial to me.
February 13, 2010 at 9:53 am
What is different? Be more precise. I would like to hear your deep soul about it. McQueen has became a power house as YSL was. How is it different? It's beyond fashion. Yeah. It's business. Now … Well! PPR holds a juicy business and won't let it go.
We don't know him/ her yet. But someone is getting chosen to be the next Alexander McQueen to keep this (fashion … business … lot of cash) going on. I am getting sad about McQueen. It's so tragic!I am getting excited about the newcomer.
Linda Phuong Tran
February 13, 2010 at 9:54 am
God knows what's gonna happen… McQueen did say that he wants the company to live way beyond him (February issue of Love magazine) and I hope it does. It would be a shame if the business died! If someone was to replace him, they would never be comparable to McQueen – He's just so unique and his death was tragic and shocking.
February 13, 2010 at 9:55 am
i have seen some kids at the antwerp's royal academy of arts design that could do a good good job…
February 13, 2010 at 9:57 am
Well Dior's line was ten years old when Christian Dior died. I didn't officially study fashion, but I'm gonna assume the business is different in the way that a fashion label represents a personal vision moreso than it did in the past.
I do want it to go on. The masses don't know genuises like Schiaparelli and Vionnet because nobody took over after those individuals stopped designing for their own reasons. I don't want McQueen to be stuck in the archives. They should have someone young or a group of them to keep thing going, although you do have a point about Moschino.
I haven't checked out anything in Fashion Week yet, and his death doesn't help at all. I just hope this would be easier for all of us as time comes.
Agree with Emily. Sounds to me that Gucci should then, take over. After all..it has invested loads of money on McQueen. And, it's growing right? The McQueen business. You can't just walk away from a growing business.
February 13, 2010 at 9:58 am
But the thing is that the visionary that was Alexander McQueen is gone. So, in my humble opinion, the line that we know today as Alexander McQueen will go with him. If Alexander McQueen as a line lives on, it may take some time for some of us loyal McQueen fans to accept it except as another brand bearing the same name.
The McQueen Line is allready dead, who could do the job exept the man himself
February 13, 2010 at 9:59 am
On a financial level I understand why Gucci would want to maintain the line, but McQueen was more than just a designers—the dude was an artist. That's something that I personally feel would be hard to manufacture… He will be missed.
NO ONE CAN BE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.
February 13, 2010 at 10:02 am
yes been having similar thoughts of how to continue and if. Such a genius can't be replaced…and imitation could look tragic. But I agree the Business has to continue to keep the legacy.
February 13, 2010 at 10:03 am
For the sake of fashion McQueen's line should die. Anything else would not be anything else then just a bad copy.
February 13, 2010 at 10:06 am
That is the question about fashion: how much of it is business and how much is art? As an artist, McQueen will never be replaced, but as a brand…
February 13, 2010 at 10:08 am
No one should or can take over. I think this should be the end of his line. and let this last show be held in his memory.. RIP
February 13, 2010 at 10:13 am
Personally I think that his style was so unique and inspiring that anyone who will take over probably won't do him justice,but we do live in a commercialized world, and his name will probably go on but there will be alterations. I don't know if any creative team or any designer will be able to catch his spirit!
He could never be replaced but, hopefully, they will find someone who has a similar level of independent spirit in their vision who could continue on with the line.
I am carrying my McQueen purse this week in memory of the very talented young man who designed it.
The Glamorous Housewife
I am not sure this is even possible, but I was thinking, for a short amount of time (maybe 1-2 years) McQueen's fashion designer peers (Stella, Vivian, Galliano, etc) could each pick a season and design for the house of McQueen until a suitable successor was found.
It would be like that movie that was in production when Heath Ledger died and his actor friends stepped up and took over his part.
With much sadness,The Glamorous Housewife
February 13, 2010 at 10:16 am
What does it matter? Whoever cares if Gucci makes more money? He is no more. Why would you plaster his name onto something that isn't him? He was a brand because he had to be to be out there, but that's not him. He was an artist in essence, not a brand. Do you have a designer team drawing Picassos after his death? Anyways, I just spent the whole morning scouting around Paris because I wanted to buy a scull scarf. Couldn't find any. This growth in business is because people want something he made to remember him by. We all care, and that's it. When it's someone else, I won't care, even if it bears his name. He was a madly fun and creative fluctuation in the boring and average world. It's gone.
I'm sorry, but I don't care about Gucci's 'bottom line' and their millions of dollars invested, etc etc. But I can say that, b/c, c'mon…they'll be just fine.
I can't think of a bigger travesty than some other human being pretending to be giving us Alexander McQueen, when they are most definitely NOT the genius, the visionary, and the soul that is the man, Alexander McQueen. This is not about us – people who desperately want him to still be here, and our spending predilections. Let's have some decorum and honor the real Alexander McQueen's work by letting his mind and his spirit (and the way those two entities manifested themselves in his work) rest in peace.
February 13, 2010 at 10:17 am
Je pense que c'est de la gourmandise que de vouloir voir la marque continuer. Vaut mieux juste se souvenir de ce qu'il a fait et le respecter.
February 13, 2010 at 10:18 am
I agree – I just can't imagine anyone who could replace him – his line was so conceptual and really came from something within. Whilst the design team could continue to develop designs based on previous concepts, I can't imagine that it would feel right to have someone new there pushing new concepts and ideas – which is what he was always doing. They could match up to him.
I wonder if he had any wishes for the future of the brand that he made known before his passing?
And what of the AW 10-11 collection? Was/will it be finished? Is it going to be shown?
He was a true genius. I still can't quite believe that he's no longer with us :'-(
February 13, 2010 at 10:22 am
The world of business doesn't have any respect, moral or taste. Gucci knows they can make more money off the McQueen line, and I wouldn't be surprised if they continue the line.
February 13, 2010 at 10:24 am
There is no question that his line was incredibly innovative and I am sure that no one wants to see it disappear. On the other hand though, in the 2002 documentary Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace I believe McQueen states that he cannot (and does not wish to) imagine his line under anyone else, even after his passing.
February 13, 2010 at 10:25 am
I'm sure people said the same thing about Christian Dior and Chanel. They all recreated the face of fashion, but their names went on. McQueen's name needs to go on as well.
February 13, 2010 at 10:31 am
I agree, who can replace an artist? i can't see McQueen's work only as fashion; he was an artist and you can't replace that: his spirit, his essence, his mind… he was a dream creator, a a surfer's dream wave sleep that brought us pieces of that dream into our reality…
Of course Gucci has spent millions on thi, but in my opinion, trying to follow Lee's steps is madness… they should try with someone who will not try to imitate McQueen. But that's my opinion, of course.
February 13, 2010 at 10:36 am
It's a double-edged sword. If they find someone to help who's another visionary, the vision will probably go in a different direction, and people will grumble about the shift. On the other hand, if the creative director decides to try to emulate McQueen's vision, will it be dismissed as a poor imitation.
I'm still so saddened by the loss of this creative spirit.
From what I've read, the analysts maintain the AM label never made any money so far and this could be the reason Gucci will drop it :(
February 13, 2010 at 10:42 am
I don't need a so-call McQueen piece not design by Lee Alexander McQueen. I am not buying a tag with brand name!!!
If brand is everything, why not just go get some thingy from LV or Gucci with ultra loud logos on? McQueen is about creativity and uniqueness.
February 13, 2010 at 10:43 am
February 13, 2010 at 10:45 am
I dont think someone should take over the brand and try to imitate him, but the brand should have his essence, that's it.
February 13, 2010 at 10:49 am
I think Helena's questions answers it all… How do you replace an artist? Lee's genious was unique and special, all we have now is his legacy and the masterpieces that he created… I hope his house doesn't die with him, but still, How do you replace an artist?
February 13, 2010 at 10:54 am
I still can't believe that he passed away..
February 13, 2010 at 10:56 am
I think the only one even vaguely close to McQueen is Gareth Pugh, but obviously, he has a thing for Gothic/urban whereas McQueen was so elaborate and… honestly he was just unique and a pioneer.
I am still really so sad that he passed away. I remember looking at his S/S 2010 collection and just being astounded by the digital prints and being dumfounded by those shoes. He was the only one who made me sit up and take notice of fashion as having something really different to say. As to who could take over the brand, I can't say.
Maybe we should put our faith in a new graduate of a London based fashion school? I really don't think anyone truly established would get it – it's not like drafting in a Tom when Burberry was in crisis.
February 13, 2010 at 10:57 am
sadly it has happened before… ya'll know: the show must go on.
February 13, 2010 at 11:01 am
The line should definitely end.Better then finding a replacement only to see a big decrease in quality in years to come.
February 13, 2010 at 11:05 am
Too early to think about it. The bed is still warm …
Keep the brand's edgy and unconventional focus but use it as an ever changing incubator for young talent.
February 13, 2010 at 11:07 am
I think hey should close and open a gallery of all his collections. I think that any replacement will ultimately fail under his name.Maybe the old team could keep the McQ label alive as it was more accessible and less in the creative area of design
February 13, 2010 at 11:11 am
This is quite a question. I mean no one could ever replace McQueen. Perhaps the best thing would not be to try and find someone who would eminate McQueen but perhaps who understood the fundamentals of his designs and could respectfully take the label to another level. Someone like Garath Pugh, if you see what I mean. But then again perhaps it is best to leave the legacy as it is?
February 13, 2010 at 11:16 am
Someone so unique can not be replaced for a pure commercial aspect. When a photographer or artist dies they are irreplaceable. Where's the difference here? It was the unique imagination of McQueen that was on offer, can Gucci really replace this? For the 'sake of fashion' and respect to him please don't try. It will end in more tears.
February 13, 2010 at 11:19 am
The label must die with him. This is what he would have wanted. He is actually quoted as saying that a house should die with the designer.
February 13, 2010 at 11:20 am
Perhaps they should re-issue past McQueen designs for the public.
February 13, 2010 at 11:22 am
I would really appreciate it if they continue to produce the previous collections and keep his spirit alive. By stopping the production, it would not do the fashion lovers any good; it will only make the price of his collections goes higher and in some way, soon fade away to be remembered as the pricey 'vintage'. This is not what I want to see as the end of his fashion house.
Alexander Mcqueen lives on forever in our heart and in our life as we continue to wear his designs.:]
February 13, 2010 at 11:23 am
February 13, 2010 at 11:24 am
Gareth Pugh? They keep saying he needs to find a place in the business, wouldn't be the same exact line but it could be a good way for him to gain some commerciality?
February 13, 2010 at 11:25 am
He said in interviews that he wanted to see his line live on long past his death, but I have no idea who could continue the line. I've seen the names of Hussein Chalayan and Olivier Theyskens thrown around a bit.
It wouldn't be the same line under Pugh but it would help his career gain some commerciality…
February 13, 2010 at 11:27 am
let the brand go with him…one shouldn't try to replace or replicate that kind of genius. I'm sure Gucci can afford to cut its losses…
February 13, 2010 at 11:28 am
I had the similar question when Pina Bausch died. What now? What would be the most respectful to the artist? What would they have wanted? It's not about the money or the fame or the ego, for the artist it is about the art.
February 13, 2010 at 11:30 am
Perhaps they should re-issue past McQueen designs for the public in small capsule collections over time. That way McQueen's work will never die.
February 13, 2010 at 11:34 am
I think Olivier Theyskens could be a possible replacement, but that would still be a stretch. No one can possibly compare the the amazing showmanship of McQueen.
Joseph Rudi Pielichaty
February 13, 2010 at 11:38 am
Only time will tell but I just hope that whatever decision is made is done for the good of the McQueen name. Decisions should be made for the art and for the creativity of the brand
February 13, 2010 at 11:45 am
Off the top of my head, I choose Mark Jacobs. I cannot think of anyone else with the vision to carry on in McQueen's footsteps. I know, I sound crazy but think about what Karl Lagerfeld has done in his career, why not Jacobs?. When I think about the fabulous and slightly insane designs he came up with for LV's purse line, I think maybe he can do the job. He is a chameleon after all! I have my doubts about his use of color compared to McQueen's, but then I think about all those wonderful bags and I say hmmmmmmmm.
I'm with Helena on this one. We have to look at him as an artist, more than a craftsman. And artists isn't 'just' replaced, when artists die, they are missed and loved for what they did, and their work is being shown to the public in museums.McQueen's clothes/art won't come back with a replacement for him.The only thing that is left of Alexander McQueen now is; firstly, what he already have made, which should be loved and remembered. And secondly the brand "Alexander McQueen" The Gucci House will defiantly love being able to make some positive spin out of this whole tragic event, how cynical it may be, but that's capitalism 1-0-1. From an artistic viewpoint the brand should be closed in honor of Alexander McQueen, but I don't think Gucci would do that.
February 13, 2010 at 11:48 am
Artist can never be replaced……..only copied…McQueen was a true Artist!
February 13, 2010 at 11:59 am
I wonder if he ever said anything about it, or did he have favorites among the assistants? Maybe someone is out there who could, while not ever replacing the gifted man, take something of the spirit of the company and carry it forward.
It would be great if they don’t try.There is no replacement.Can we conceive someone finding a replacement for Van Gogh?A team of painters coming up with more starry nights?Fashion and art are governed by almost the same superstitionsAlmost…
February 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I think it's going to be like the house of Chanel, just finding somebody that can season after season re-invent McQueen "classics". Karl is great at that with Chanel. You need a good merchandiser type, not an egotistical designer type that would want to re-create the house of McQueen in their own image. That would be impossible to do right now.Georgina
February 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Vivienne Westwood or John Galliano to be the new designer.
February 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm
I agree with Helena. Lee's mind and vision are irreplaceable as he was a unique and true artist.I guess that it could be possible to find other designer or designers who can try to follow his style and develop future collections so that the business goes on. But the thing is that those collections won't be master McQueen's but apprentice's view. Will the people accept that?
February 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm
you have a point Mr. but the thing is why is always money and 'busines' more important than anythings else?I think that replace a design team in McQueen would be complete stupid, you and me know that such a talent can not paid nor replace.Unfortunately business do not care.Idoia
February 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm
For the sake of Mcqueen, nobody should and can replace him…
February 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm
For the sake of fashion, let it (the business) die.
He's gone and irreplaceable.
February 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I don't think that McQueen's label can continue because he wasn't around long enough to establish a traditional, signature style that can be kept alive. All his designs came from something deep within him – a psycholgical interpretation – that made them so unique and unpredicatable. The sense of drama that he created was just too personal. Anyone to step into his still warm shoes wouldn't be able to carry it on – it would simply be their designs under his name. As with a house like Chanel, Lagerfeld has kept the essence and suggestions of Coco Chanel's signature style. McQueen was to me an artist – and when significant artists die, no one steps into their shoes to carry on what they had already created. To keep the label going would be more of a business arrangement than anything else.
February 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm
I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but keep thinking about when Christian Dior died suddenly in 1957 and Yves Saint Laurent took over at such a young age. Admittedly, it was a very different time and fashion doesn't change or make such waves as it did then. Perhaps this will be a similar case. There would be very large shoes to fill, but knowing that, anyone who could possibly take on such a challenging task would know and respect the art and thought of such a genius. I'd just hate to see such a groundbreaking, envelope pushing, artistic side of fashion be lost. Sigh.
February 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Maybe it's because I'm selfish, but I hope for the sake of his authenticity that no one replaces him.
What he did on the runway was unparalleled.
February 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm
God please save McQueen.God please find a suitable mind to helm & nurture the house.God please let McQueen Rest in Peace.
"I'm 40 now," Alexander McQueen said in one of his last known interviews. "When I'm dead, hopefully this house will still be going."
I really hope that his legacy and memory would live on through his brand. The question is How is Gucci group will go about it?
February 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Did he have an apprentice working under him? Someone who McQueen himself saw potential in…creativity, futuristic vision, fearless?
There has to be someone that could emerge from within his business to carry on his legacy.
Lee himself said that he wanted his legacy to continue long after he is gone!
(My word verification just had God in it…interesting.)
February 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I think the label should be closed, its my personal principals that when the designer dies the label should too.
Unless left to someone who has been personally trained, by the designer themselves, or it is to left to someone who is a blood relative like in the Verace empire.
As much as I love Mcqueen and what he did an for the creations to continue, I dont think it would ever be the same.
I think they should just carry on the McQ line for now until a worthy heir come along.
I also think it would have been be a brilliant tribute to stop the production of the up coming collection on the day of his death and have the garments go down unfinished. Its would be like an expression of his death both cut short and unfinished.
I know a lot of people will not agree but I would like to see Gareth Pugh take over, he isnt by far in the same league, and although Pugh is quite minimal I think it would be very interesting. After all the McQueen team will still be there, and one of them most likely will be picked to continue the work.
McQueen is Dead!!! LONG LIVE MCQUEEN!!!!
February 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm
All things must come to an end!
is that not just something we have to learn?
February 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Do we want Alexander McQueen to become Perry Ellis—a brilliant designer who died too young, and lives on in pedestrian licensed wares?
Kate Alexis Clausen
February 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm
NO ONE CAN BE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN… but I immediately thought of Christian Siriano… and I love that Lee wanted it to continue on… so I am also wondering if he had an apprentice working with him that could expand and continue with his vision.
February 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm
In his last interview in the Times of London McQueen said he would like his line to go on after he has passed (he describes people in spaceships above the earth dancing in his wears) And so I think the line must go on, not only because it's the wish he expressed, but because that's how we cope with the passing of anyone we care about. We appreciate their spirit and the imprint they left in our lives, and if we are strong and truly grateful we attempt to perpetuate some aspect of their work or whatever made them great in memory of them. Even if we never live up to what they achieved, keeping the spirit alive is meaningful. Surely it would take a beyond outstanding team or individual to even approach his vision, personal and brave as it was, but I think we have to try; even if we fail, at the very least we're lucky enough to have the relics he left us.
(I know some people have talked about his name now being eponymous only of the brand, but I find this too cynical; one of the posts I read on twitter after his death was "I just bought a pair of his shoes!" Well he was not just a brand, and his particular rebellion and innovation deserves continuation)
February 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm
No one will ever be able to replace McQueen, or take over his vision and creativity. Anything that will be designed by someone else won't be able to live up to what his label previously was. It'll never be the same. However, I don't think that it will be easy for McQueen to just stop being. It really is a tough question that should be thought long and hard about.
February 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm
I agree – not only is the retailer sounding superficial, but sadly Mr. Scott Schuman – so are you. Enough focus on the effects of McQueen's death, just please show us your sincere grief. It seems immature to continue these comparisons with other deaths and other industries in order to exemplify the significant loss to fashion – it is a loss to the world period, and sadly it is a tragedy that has affected the world over.
Please, acknowledge the horrible death of a legend and leave it at that. No one has asked you to lead a display of condolensces, please let us manage this time in our own peaceful way.
February 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm
LET IT GO!!!!I WILL NOT BUY SOME THING THAT DID NOT START OR EVEN HAVE SOME ENERGY THAT WAS HIS IN IT….IT TRULY IS OK TO LET IT GO…..
February 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm
I say, close it. No one in the whole fashion business can continue his work. His creations were out of this world. All of this clothing pieces are becoming like lil art pieces.
February 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm
There is quite a number of people who could become head of the creative team at Alexander McQueen. No-one could replace him, though.
If I had the decision to make, I would personally hire Christian Lacroix – I often thought about McQueen as Lacroix's natural heir.
February 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm
I agree with you,sart,very very difficult to replace,spirit can extend,but soul not.
February 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I agree with Helena-you cannot replace an artist.
His loss is simply to great.
February 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm
So many good thoughts and alas the business side will say continue on-it is most important to see that a replacement to carry the legacy of McQueen- a protege, past or present, but it must be someone with youth, romance,mad genius and nerves of steel, perhaps only another Brit can begin to take the reins and have a nation to cheer them through the rough patches.
February 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Perhaps "Gucci" should not expect to "replace" the man, but think about how to re-brand this brand.
How can we forget about the individual for the sake of a corporation?'s interest?!
To try to put the business ahead not acknowledging people's loyalty to a genius in such a disturbing event is a bad PR move.
February 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Gucci will no doubt suck what little life is left out of the McQueen brand and then sell it! After all we are talking about business here… I think many designers suffer when gobbled up by conglomerates such as Gucci Grp and LVMH because they simply cannot grasp the concept that their art is merely dollars and cents to these corporate giants. For art's sake, the line should not continue as McQueen and the line were one!
February 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Well, i don't know… No one can be Alexander McQueen, it's too much for just one person, so, if the person in charge is not super awesome, i think is going to be a design team.
February 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm
This was one of my first thoughts when I heard the news, and it's a difficult one. McQueen's vision was so unique and daring, his talent knew no bounds- wouldn't it be better to go down in history this way rather than as an extraordinary house turned mediocre my someone who simply cannot live up to the standards set by the founder? I just can't imagine the same excitement and anicipation leading up to his show at fashion week without the man himself making an apperance at the end. It would be wrong somehow.
February 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm
business is business. someone, somewhere will find a way to continue selling things with the name of alexander mcqueen on it, and unfortunately… the name of alexander mcqueen will probably make even more money now that he is gone. business is business – thats it…
what the real issue here for me is, how do you deal with the loss of a great artist? now there is a hole in the world that will probably NEVER be filled, and i feel like no one is ever going to be able to make sense of it. a man responsible for SO many major parts of pop culture has literally been wiped from the slate, and in such an absurd way. although i've never formally studied fashion… i really feel like alexander mcqueen has been one of the biggest driving forces in the industry, conceptualizing and modernizing fashion to the point where people who are not of the fashion world (fine artists etc) now want to have access to all of these incredible things.
picking up the pieces after a tragedy like this is absolutely impossible. the name of mcqueen will never be the same, and i don't think that any person will, or should be able to take over. out of respect for his body of work… i think we should accept that the spirit of mcqueen died, along with alexander. carrying on in his name would be a farce too terrible to believe in.
February 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Christian Siriano interned at McQueen back in the day…I think he'd be really great at continuing the vision.
Gareth Pugh should take over
February 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm
McQueen was unique, I doubt that one can fill his shoes. The last line was out of this world, psychedelic even. even my boyfriend who loves style not fashion per se was taken by the loss of a creative mind… Maybe it is best to make room for a new creative perspective.
February 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm
who could possibly keep the spirit of McQueen alive?
February 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Keep the brand going, but rename it to a subline, example Alexander McQueen Legacy, So you can have a mark between his line, and the forthcoming lines.
February 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm
I can understand people who want to see the brand end here, but is that what he would have wanted? McQueen is the closest a British fashion house has come to home-grown haute couture (sorry Burberry) and with the right guidance, it could be again someday.
They should recruit a bunch of new Central St Martins graduates to keep the McQ brand sharp, and put the Alexander McQueen house out to pasture, selling skull scarves and jewelry for posterity. That way, when someone big enough to fill Lee's shoes comes along, the house will be ready for him. But for now, just do what's best to keep his legacy alive.
In other news, his website is now back online.
February 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm
No solution is for business as well as for McQueen's spirit.
It takes some time. Later the McQueen line were still profitable, Gucci can re-launch it. If not, the spirit of McQueen would survies only in his works.
February 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm
I say keep his name, and hold a competition to find a new designer.
February 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm
I agree, you cannot replace someone like McQueen. I think they should close the business, keep it purely his and not diluted by other influences. I think McQueen's spirit will live on through his work and it should be kept at that.
February 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm
gareth pugh could
February 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm
RIP alexander mcqueen, you were a true genius & visionary of our time. You will be greatly missed!
February 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm
Close it! It doesn't make any sense at all for someone else to take over. Anyone worthy of taking over should just start their own line.
February 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm
Maison Martin Margiela.
February 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm
It's unfortunate but only ONE person has a mind like Alexander Mcqueen's and that's the genius himself.
February 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm
Of course no one can ever replace McQueen, but I don't think he would want his vision to die with him.There should be a search throughout all the fashion graduates this year, to try and find a new talent, one that is as passionate and creative as he was.
February 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm
His line is done, Close it. Leave it alone. If anyone even attempts to take over his HC line I would gag. No one can replace him.
February 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm
i hope to god if Gucci does replace him, they don't find someone who's going to be a "safe" financial investment. Theres so much talent in the world, I wouldn't go so far to say that McQueen is irreplaceable in that respect. As long as it doesn't become another Pierre Cardin, we'll be happy.
February 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm
McQueen said he wanted the business/name to live beyond him. We should respect his wishes and make it happen. It's iconic enough to survive, he started something amazing that shocked whilst filling us with delight. Why end that? We have enough to grieve.
February 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm
This is set to be the question of SS10. What to do with McQueen? To keep it going with surely validate Lee's work and illustrate to the world that what he did is too important to let die…. however like you said, his unique creative brain was an inherent part of McQueen's success. Is it right for his team to try and emulate that and start to take credit for the late designers trademark aesthetic?
The only thing sadder than this is surely letting McQueen become one of those defunct labels we talk to our grandchildren about in 50 years time, but can never communicate the genius that was and subsequently the kids give no consideration to.
In a way this reminds me of the great couturier Charles Worth. The 19th century English dressmaker who made is way to Paris and fought to be respected amongst an industry dominated by women. He invented fashion as we know it by introducing seasonal collections and holding 'preview' shows. For someone so instrumental in the development of fashion, who even knows of him now. With his business left to his son after his death, the design and passion, which was the brand could not be continued, no-one, not even his family could fill his shoes.
For McQueen, perhaps the questions is look at the man, what would he want to do? He was so passionate about promoting UK home-grown talent, but as a true showman and the mis-fit of the fashion world, he enjoyed maintaining his individuality. So maybe the answer is bring someone in, preferably a young british talent who can celebrate and take inspiration from McQueen, but is also not afraid to be an individual in his/her own right.
February 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm
I'm surprised only one other person (Jessica) has suggested Christian Siriano, but this is the first name that came to my mind…is that bad? As was previously mentioned, he interned with McQueen and Vivenne Westwood.
He may be a little too "trendy" in his approach right now rather than avant garde, but the craftsmanship, devotion and love for design are there. He's no Alexander McQueen -no on is- but he's a punky little kid eager to be fierce, just like McQueen when he was starting out.
February 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm
February 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm
I can't believe people think it would be a good idea to close the company! McQueen stood so strongly against the commercialisation of fashion and without the Alexander McQueen label in practice, that pressure only escalates!
Don't underestimate the truly brilliant minds of young contemporary designers, especially those out of Antwerp. Sure, no one can replace the uniquely intelligent cretivity of McQueen himself, but certainly there are emerging talents that share a similar mindset when it comes to fusing art and fashion.
February 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm
I hope and pray that the line is shut down. You can never replace/imitate/design similarly to McQueen. Take the money from his business and invest it in another deserving designer- I'm sure there are a few that Gucci Group could pick. Although Gucci has made some questionable decisions in the past, please please please honour his memory by shutting Alexander McQueen down.
February 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm
I'll do it. I'll take over his business. Someone's gotta keep his dream alive.
NIGEL NO TRENDS
February 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm
February 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm
I asked myself the same exact question when I heard the news.
February 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm
The sad fact is that Gucci will milk every dollar that they can from the label. Business is business after all and nothing increases sales more than someone's death. (Michael Jackson is a great example) Gucci will increase production on his previous hot sellers like the skull scarves and anything else that's been selling like hot cakes since his untimely death. The McQueen label will NEVER be the same, it will merely become a brand,with Lee's name attached to it. RIP McQueen.
February 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm
I think Gareth Pugh would be a great designer under mcqueen's name. They both share very similar design esthetics. All though on the other hand Im not sure anyone can fully replace mcqueen:-(
February 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm
I know it was his wish for his House to continue after he was gone, but the thought of another designer coming in and not being able to live up to the name (which is obviously more than likely) is something I don't want to see happen. A horrible collection tarnishing the House would be worse than no collection at all, to me. It would be different if he had retired & named his own successor, to continue his vision under his teachings, but that didn't happen.
Gareth Pugh is wonderful, his collections are a great representation of his talent & name… not of McQueen's. And I never saw McQueen designing for or being anyone's heir after what happened at Givenchy. McQueen was extraordinary, he had to stand alone. So, I don't see anyone else as McQueen's heir, either.
I agree with the people who are saying to let the House rest in peace along with McQueen. Or, have other designers pay tribute to him via his House like someone suggested above, but don't try to continue a line that is empty without its designer, because that's exactly how it will come across on the runway… hollow.
RIP McQueen, you were an inspiration to many & we will miss you.
February 13, 2010 at 11:12 pm
jeremy laing, his former intern who now has his own line.
February 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm
I've read Christian Siriano's name bandied about as well as Gareth Pugh's, and all that I can say is that neither one would be a good fit. Just look at Siriano's recent collection….do you honestly think that he has enough imaginative firepower and technical skill to even do the McQueen name justice? McQueen had that dark romantic edge to him…Siriano does not. Just look at the kid during his bow, he's like an attention grabbing clown! What a joke…he will never take the reins at McQueen. As for Mr. Pugh, he shares a lot more DNA with McQueen than Siriano. However, with Pugh it only seems to be darkness and edge all the time, 24/7. Where's the romance? The beauty? I think the only person who could do anything with the McQueen brand would be Mr. Olivier Theyskens. Even in this case, he wouldn't be the best fit, but he is a good fit, better than anyone out there at the moment. He has the dark romantic sensibility, and his demeanor is more similar to McQueen's. (Not to mention that he's available) Siriano smirks too much, Pugh is way too brooding, but Theyskens is just about right. Whomever it is, if the powers that be do not pull the plug on the brand, I believe that the heir will be a European. Most likely from the Royal Academy in Antwerp. I don't think it will be anyone from CSM. The students there nowadays are just not of the same caliber as McQueen….they're too self aware…and way too fashionable. The brand needs another person who has suffered through life and is still suffering.
February 14, 2010 at 12:19 am
I echo Emily McGuire's post that the best thing Gucci could do is find an emerging talent and back him/her to the fullest. It would be a fitting tribute to Lee McQueen and well within the scope of Alexander McQueen mission.
February 14, 2010 at 12:29 am
The company should downsize and re-issue variations on old collections until a proper solution can be fixed up… not someone who can emulate Lee's work, but at least an equally brilliant mind or group of minds who can live up to the name's spirit.
February 14, 2010 at 12:33 am
February 14, 2010 at 12:39 am
christian siriano. similar fun attitude.
February 14, 2010 at 12:47 am
It's so sad. I don't think the line will be the same for McQueen fans…because we loved it for the man's personal vision. The worlds a poorer place…
February 14, 2010 at 12:58 am
it would be a travesty to see his vision come to an end; is it not bad enough that we lost him? it's so absolutely worth to at the very least try.
February 14, 2010 at 1:04 am
It wouldn't be perverse to launch a new "Inspired by McQueen" line. It could promote only the rawest, freshest talent out there and exclusively utilise pieces that incorporate elements of his style. Of course he can never be replaced, but there's no reason his vision can't continue to fuel the industry long after he's gone. I think he'd like that.
February 14, 2010 at 1:48 am
How about Zaldy ?Alexander McQueen the man, could never replaced.But i think it's his spirit that has to carry on in the line and I think someone like Zaldy, (a huge admirer of the McQueen,I'm sure) can do that.He has worked under a low profile, but if the right people were to see into his archives and past work,I think they would find that same McQueen innovation and artistic genius. It all just depends on wether Zaldy himself wants to step up to the plate….i'm just saying
February 14, 2010 at 2:11 am
MY Opinion … As many have mentioned McQueen is an artist .. his creations where him, and i've loved his tailoring since his first show at St. Martins . he sparked the trend that made those kids at St. Martins the next "big thing". i don't understand why clothing cant be treated as art .. stop trying to make new items.. runway shows etc .. and re produce his old pieces .. market the old as one off McQueen pieces .. from collection x/x/xxxx .. make it special, make us consumers feel like owning a McQueen is like owning a limited print of Cézanne !!
February 14, 2010 at 2:43 am
SO…..NOW WHAT?Mourn a little. Talk money later. It's only been a couple days
February 14, 2010 at 2:53 am
This is one of those situations where it becomes more than business and investments. What would Alexander McQueen's company be without him? I can not find the answer to that question and it's been haunting me since first reading this post. Other Designers mentioned seem either too…premature, or too far removed from the Alexander McQueen aesthetic. Gareth Pugh doesn't exhibit romance in his designs the way McQueen did. Christian Siriano is talented, but I can't see his own voice in his designs. Looking back on earlier collections of his you can see the obvious influence he took from Alber Elbaz, Olivier Theyskens, and Stefano Pilati. And I don't think interning at someone's company automatically qualifies you to be able to take the reigns.
There is no other McQueen. Fashion now is far too concerned with profitability and business. McQueen never was. That, along with the power and beauty of his vision and shows transformed him from just a Designer to an Artist. A beautiful one. Currently, there is no Provocateur in Fashion the way McQueen was.
McQueen's vision was his own. Why can't we maintain the purity of it? He has left us with so many lasting memories, we can leave it at that with solace.
February 14, 2010 at 3:09 am
i interned for both pugh and mcqueen last year, and there is no way pugh can take over mcqueen!! it's a completly different world… pugh got visions and ideas, mcqueen got visions, ideas, skills and craftmenship and years of more experience you can't replace.
February 14, 2010 at 3:40 am
Many years ago, I saw a documentary about Gianni Versace. McQueen was one of the interviewees. He said that he believed when a designer dies, the brand goes with him/her. The question was asked toward the death and business of Versace, but somehow you get the feeling he was really talking about himself. So there, we already have the answer from the man himself.
February 14, 2010 at 3:47 am
LET'S BRING BACK THIERRY MUGLIER! HAHA! YES!
February 14, 2010 at 4:17 am
It will be like finishing Sagrada Familia without Gaudi …
February 14, 2010 at 4:51 am
This question can only be answered by McQueen. By that I mean what he left behind in terms of a will and/or letters to loved ones or colleagues. If he himself expressed a specific wish for someone to continue the business in the event of his death then I would respect and support that decision. If not then perhaps it's best to let the business rest in peace with him…
February 14, 2010 at 5:08 am
What are you trying to say with this post?
February 14, 2010 at 5:39 am
no one suit him.. McQueen is always for McQueen..
February 14, 2010 at 5:41 am
I agree that I don't think that the business should just die and I hope that some uniquely talented up and coming designer or even graduate gets a good chance to carry on this wonderful house. I could defiantly see someone like Gareth Pugh taking on the role. he has the same sense of darkness and quirkiness and I'm sure he could bring the essence of McQueen into it also.
February 14, 2010 at 5:48 am
We are talking about the greatest creator and visionary in fashion. You talk about it based on business well thats great is there no humanity behind fashion? Lee's family asked for privacy lets take some time to mourn the man fashion designer and human. Let's take a step back for a moment and realize that the be all end all isn't who takes over his house but who we lost. Who cares how much Gucci spent even in a bad economy if they and all of us are thinking about the bottom line than we are selfish. Maybe that's what drove him that he became a commodity that you are all believing him to be and he lost Lee.
February 14, 2010 at 5:54 am
I do agree with you. Noone can replace him because we would have seen him already shining in the fashion world. To me (and lots of people I suppose), McQueen was one of this advanced genius in time. He was able to see what must be done now to begin a good way for the fashion world. McQueen cannot be replaced now (and never) but I am sure that in some time (years) someone would be able to replace him as creator, understanding what McQ was doing.Nonsense to continue his business. I think so. Balenciaga (maybe it's not the best example ever but…), after years and years has come back. Somethings just need time.
February 14, 2010 at 6:23 am
Lee can never be replaced…his visions are unrivaled. But I do believe there are people who can keep his business alive, and can make his name into a brand which can succeed and become legendary. Assign people such as Lady Gaga and her design team as creative directors and partial design team for McQueen. This would make a point that his brand is not dead, but getting a new jolt of life, and the publicity would be great. I would also go and find the greatest unknown English designer who has a background in costume design, but the vision and ambition to create everyday wear/red carpet wear. We dont want a copy of McQueen, we want an artist who is inspired by him. The same way Degas was inspired by Ballerinas.
February 14, 2010 at 7:01 am
McQueen is dead. So it is his label, as he was the main brain. So let it go. Yes, he stood against commercialisation. but that was him, personally! I don't think that anyone can be him. And yes, there are many new designers out there who deserve to be noted.
February 14, 2010 at 8:06 am
I had just the same thoughts about the dilemma. The correlation with Moschino was at the forefront of my mind, too. Seems hard to imagine that McQueen's magnificent legacy will disappear forever but his label has lost its hero and driving force. I can't imagine it being 'thrown away' completely. His influence will continue to impact on the industry and designers/artists/creatives longhence…
February 14, 2010 at 8:22 am
business business business. no wonder geniuses die young. where's the spirit that keeps us alive outside the business?
February 14, 2010 at 8:23 am
John Galliano – but he has too much already with Dior and his own line.
Vivenne Westwood – but she doesn't equate to McQueen's craftmanship and love for theatrics in shows.
Gareth Pugh – but only if sees the world beyond black and white (and grey).
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren – but they should tame down their radical and liberal ways.
Simply put, not one person can replace McQueen.
May the fashion gods guide whoever will replace him. and may God give eternal rest to Alexander McQueen.
February 14, 2010 at 8:28 am
A great artist died, one of the best designers of our times, always inspiring. i´m very sorry about this loss.So Business? Replacement? What are you talking about? is that so important? the most important part of Alexander McQueen's gone
February 14, 2010 at 8:53 am
Gucci is talking about winding the business up. The rush to buy McQueen clothing is on the expectation that this stuff is going to rocket in value. Which it might, if the label is wound up.
February 14, 2010 at 9:23 am
I think if they do continue with a new creative director then much like the story of Mcqueen, they should bring an unacknowledged new designer into the picture. Of course ideally I think the business should end because in all honesty, Mcqueen was in a league of his own. Really no one can replace the authentic vision he had towards fashion.
Galliano has the same customer base and drama, however, he's not innovative enough to hold the position in my opinion. Vivienne Westwood, ehhh, the business will fall flat in like three seasons. Christian Siranio…. um no.
I know of a few individuals who hold that innovative mind towards fashion design such as Mcqueen. They may not hold the momentum as a majorly known designer, however I think that could be beneficial to Mcqueen as a "blank slate" approach. No bias opinions… more of an intrigue to what the individual is to offer. Obscurity works best in moments of confusion such as now.
Of course, RIP Mcqueen.
Lisa E Staples
February 14, 2010 at 10:42 am
I was so very surprised that the New York Times didn't have is traffic demise on the front page, fashion week..with someone trying to confront the awful issue of suicide. Here was a man who lost a very dear freind and mentor to suicide why do we lose so many special talented people inn this manner?? How very sad for someone to lose all hope, it was clear that his mother was his strength, losing her was his undoing. Like so many famous artists, they have few in their inner circle they can trust, how very sad that he died alone.
February 14, 2010 at 11:18 am
RIP Lee Alexander Mcqueen!I agree with Speed3 in that new talent, for example, from St.Martins should flow through his fashion house but a new designer every season with new ideas, not to replace him but to keep it alive and unique?! It would be a podium for new yound talent.
February 14, 2010 at 11:34 am
February 14, 2010 at 11:45 am
big shoes to fill – but so were Dior's ten years after he started his House. The problem is finding that unique talent, like Yves Saint-Laurent back then.
February 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm
am i the only one not convinced this photo is of a woman? makes it more interesting, to me.
February 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I would think that he would want the brand he created to live on beyond him. Everyone knows it will not be the same, but in honor of the look/feel/fashion risk taking he spearheaded – there are young upcoming designers that would love to carry on that torch. If the brand dies, then it is sad. I think his spirit and vision for fashion should live on forever as he went where no one ever went before in fashion.
February 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm
There's too much money there. Even if they should close down the business because no one else can replace him, there's no way that's going to happen.
February 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm
I am a less than glamorous,less than thin, middle aged single mother. I have almost no money but I do have an eye for color and form,a taste for the avant garde, and seek out well designed clothing. Do I deserve to have an opportunity to purchase artistic, saucy, runway fashion that is well made, makes me look good and feel good? L. Alexander McQueen seemed to think I did. He made clothing that appealed to that wild artist,the defiant punk princesses buried inside but kept in mind the practicality that is necessary for day to day life. When McQueen offered up a collection for Target I was over the moon. Hell, I could even fit into some of his clothes! McQueen made clothes for women. He also made clothes for rebels, artists, poets, and philosophers. I never felt McQueen looked down on women and frankly, I think that is rare in the fashion industry. If there is someone who can embody that spirit, if a design team can do that…great, it will work.
Natasha Anspach Costa
February 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Fashion has lost its enfant terrible, and anything designed by anyone else under his signature is nothing more than a lie. He was the only artist in the business and sadly, there is no one around who is able to fill in his shoes.
February 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm
i feel able to continue with his work. croSM
February 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm
You guys are all way too romantic.
McQueen will always be McQueen regardless. He has more than left a blueprint to move the line forward.Pilati knows & understands Saint Laurents aesthetic (infused w/some of his own of course – that's the beauty of it) etc..
McQeen should stay a line forever!To let it die would be a crying shame.Wake-up people…
February 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm
I agree that no one can possibly live up to McQueen's talent, but we can't just let go! If we close down his line, we close down his dreams. We cannot disappoint him, nor can we disappoint ourselves. Even if McQueen is not here, his line must stay. Better to something than nothing at all.
February 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm
First of all, prayers and thoughts to family and friends. Second of all, you can't replace an artist, bottom line. Otherwise, McQueen's work is going to turn into what she's the man did to Shakespeare's twelfth night. Reissuing is a bad idea too. Art breathes and grows with the artist. I hate Balanchines Nutcracker for this reason. It's the same as it was when dude was still alive. It's a story already told, a performance with a definite answer instead of living the question. Genet said that reproduction/perfection isn't art because art comes out of imperfections and wounds. What the hell is wounded about some off the rack imitation?
February 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm
No to olivier theyskens, hes not innovative enough.
it needs to be someone new.
February 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm
Is Versace the same after Gianni Versace's death?
February 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm
I don't think McQueen's shoes can be filled. He was too innovative, too genius and simply too much himself for anyone to step in and continue his work.
Unfortunately, business isn't sensitive or artistic. The question for the Gucci Group will not necessarily be who is the right designer to fill McQueen's shoes, but what is the best economical decision for the brand. Whatever costs the least and makes the most is what will happen. And if they've spent millions on the business, I doubt they will walk away.
Luxury On Crack
February 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Gareth Pugh is the closest candidate I can think of, hands down.
No one can and should ever replace Mcqueen; yet we're talking about a brand here, and the Mcqueen brand represents all the innovation it has set up in the past 15 years. All those shows doesn't only represent the designer's asthetic; it represets his state of mind, and the world that he created. Without the creator it doesn't mean that the world dies; it can be continued through talents with a similar mindset, and given the efforts of its predecessor, the new talent will have a standard to look up to: the creativity with no boundaries. People will be much more torelent towards new things ( as they are with the designer Lee), and the new talent will have all the excuses to bring out his/her wildest card to play.
I don't know whether having a new designer for Mcqueen will work, but for sure I know it will still be a very anticipated show. All eyes and pressure will be on the new designer, and if he/she makes it, we will have a new era of innovation.
February 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm
I think from a business perspective, it will be like YSL. It will take a few seasons for the line to find its way after such a magnificent talent at the helm of his namesake.
February 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm
I'd like to see the label be daring and inventive in their choice of how to carry on, rather than simply folding.
If it were me deciding this — and clearly it is not — I would rename the house simply "McQueen," in recognition that Lee was no longer at the helm. Then I'd put together a panel of folks I thought understood the McQ feel and esthetic, and I'd open up a portfolio submission competition to designers and artists known and unknown.
McQueen has never been about the safe or expected — that should not change. While no one will ever 'replace' Lee of course, I'm not ready to throw in the towel and say that there isn't someone out there somewhere who would be fiercely creative and brilliant to carry on the work. And he or she would be daring and brave by default, simply by being willing to step into such big shoes.
February 15, 2010 at 12:38 am
i agree with some of the posters above…..a guy took his own life, he is no longer breathing, living!!! i think business is the last thing that matters!! this is beyond insensitive!
February 15, 2010 at 2:29 am
I'm so excited to see who will take over and especially if it will be a success!
February 15, 2010 at 3:06 am
Such a dilemma to see the fashion line dies..but right now, I can't picture anyone replacing him either..truly one of a kind..
February 15, 2010 at 3:08 am
in my opinion, McQueen's line should not continue…
his passion, artistry, and sheer genius can not be replicated by anyone… and to try and do so, and to fabricate something; to produce something similar to his vision, can never be..
in my opinion, whatever was his last designs he produced, should stop there.. and his pieces of the past and present should go down as one of a kind PIECES… rare and unique..
but knowing big business, they will use his name to make more money; and to profit from his name, as P. Diddy did by the death of B.I.G…
February 15, 2010 at 3:27 am
I truly think that if they will open their minds to young talents, even without emparesing resumes, they will find a replacement.. there's only one McQueen but there are lots of surreal, creative, innovative minds out there.
February 15, 2010 at 4:37 am
The Brand itself may still grow… it could actually benefit from this sad loss… He is evermore honored and his works are evermore valued and cherished. The worth of his work and art is may be of more value and honored. The public, his fans, in order to cherish and remember him would only want to purchase more from his past works. Close McQueen? Definitely NO. Yes he has passed away but the legacy he left behind… the innovations he has brought to fashion… these are not dead. McQueen is a legend.. although he is no more his art lives vivaciously and is evermore ALIVE.
February 15, 2010 at 8:43 am
For Anon 12:38Sorry but we are all grown-ups here and if you really care about his lasting reputation then this has to be discussed.
February 15, 2010 at 8:54 am
Drapers is reporting sales for McQueen's merchandise up 1400%, I doubt that Gucci will walk away, yet the experiment will be if they can keep his vision going. Sales are up because people want to remember him, they maybe motivated by owning a piece designed by McQueen is an investment in art vs buying something to wear or both.
February 15, 2010 at 10:03 am
A huge increase in the market value of vintage McQueen for a start…
February 15, 2010 at 10:08 am
Poassably the awnswer is to sell all his designes again starting from the beging to the end a chance to purchase a pieace of the style he created not for fashion but the apritiation of the man
February 15, 2010 at 10:18 am
I was thinking maybe Vivienne Westwood or Philip Lim. As for Gucci, they might get anothing designer maybe? I don't think Moschino can replace McQueen totally different styles. x
February 15, 2010 at 10:42 am
Truly tragic loss for not just the world of fashion, either. From a business standpoint though, it does bear discussion. It's hard to argue with a business that's growing still. Don't count McQueen out yet http://tinyurl.com/ybr22n3
February 15, 2010 at 10:57 am
Openly discussing this issue is less irksome to me than some of things I've read from people who act like they knew him, all the while calling him Alexander. Lee was the person, the friend, the family member. We didn't know Lee but we admired the work of Alexander. That's the context here.
A few people have mentioned an interview where he said he hoped the business would go on after his death. I doubt he was thinking of this scenario when he said that. The business was still extremely hands on and those hands are gone. I will genuinely miss McQueen's contribution to fashion but I'd rather see the business quietly fold than witness some watered down, money spinning facsimile of his work being pumped out.
February 15, 2010 at 11:08 am
I just want to point out that anyone discussing the tragedy of Alexander's death needs to put into perspective that he took his own life. He was not senselessly murdered, or killed in an accident, or died during surgery. Suicide is the most selfish act a person can perpetrate on everyone around them, whether it's a loved one, a business relationship or any other reason. Was this his act of artistry to forever make him immortal? He was at the top of his career, and unlike the Georgian Luger who was killed in an accident, Alexander's death was from his own hand.
Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
February 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Personally, I'd love to see them continue to produce the peices he's already designed, under his name. Let it be timeless. Let it be still McQueen the way people knew and loved. Let there be no substitue. Please.
February 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Off-topic, but these kinds of posts are why The Sartorialist needs a forum section. @_@
I actually find myself paralyzed by all the good arguments coming in from both sides. But I notice that most of the arguments for "close the brand" are emotional (but not bad) ones. Morality in art and business… it will be interesting to see how much pull that has in this situations.
February 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm
McQueen has inspired many young designers both in his homeland of the UK and abroad.
I feel it would be impossible and simultaneously pointless to find a replacement to his unique style.
However, It would be great to see McQueen operate as a house that fostered such young talent.
I know of countless interns that offered their services to McQueen for the opportunity to help him make his creative imaginings possible.
I would love to see McQueen operate in such a way. A fashion label with creations made by designers heavily influenced by the man himself.
February 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm
When an artist has left such an indelible impression on the world, it's not an easy thing for another person to follow along the same lines. What inspires him or her is so personal, anything another person did would almost seem like an attempt to know what the artist was thinking. I can't imagine the tremendous pressure anyone who would try and attempt this would face.
February 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm
I completely understand the argument of "there is no Mcqueen, close the business" and in a respect to him as an artist I believe in it.
But you have to imagine how many people will suffer in that act. Mcqueen aside, imagine all the people in his house that will loose jobs and business, etc. With an already struggling fashion economy, this action would be completely abrupt and confusing for the large amount of business and income that will be lost for those individuals. I know, I would love to say, "Leave Mcqueen where he left it" but in all honesty, imagine those that will suffer with that action. I understand from both sides of the argument, however I would dream for the artist argument, but in reality there is the business aspect– and those that will suffer for the romantic vision of leaving the house where Mcqueen left it.
I don't think is suicide is selfish at all. You have to really go through a mentally disturbed time to understand his action. Its not selfish, it just shows how deeply he felt for his mother and how incredible it is that someone who appears to have everything is suffering on the inside. His mind was a beautiful thing– his creations are breathtaking no matter what age– but in the end his mind is what became the demise of himself and his creativity. Its all so bittersweet.
Plus according to Police reports, he left notes with his body. It will be interesting if they ever release those. Perhaps that will state his wishes for the company– and then in that respect– artist or business aside– should be followed.
February 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm
I think its a bit early to even have this discussion. He is still not even buried yet… I know that you are discussing the company but there was a man with family and friends at the heart of that company. And he has just passed away..
They will never find anyone to pass his legacy on. He was more than unique.. And there isnt that many unique designers out there. Not with his ideas, passion and true craftsmanship. All of you that are suggesting Christian Siriano, Gareth Pugh, Gallino or Westwood. You do not understand fashion.
Just like Christian Dior, Christobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy and other fantastic couturiers Lee cannot be replaced. Those brands live on but they will never be what they were. Nicholas is doing a great job but compared to the original. Well…
Keep McQ maybe or change the name of the main line. But Alexander McQueen is gone and nobody will fill those shoes.
Rest in peace Lee McQueen.
February 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm
i personally think someone like manish arora should carry the business on, their genius has the same shade of craziness. i know the whole switching international designers will be a mess but its worth a shot
February 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm
FOR ME IT'S SIMPLE:
1. Lee is physically gone and there's nothing anyone can do to change that and the fact that the "Alexander McQueen brand" has changed since the very minute he took his life.
2. Lee also made other decisions in his life that everyone may want to take into consideration. As much of a creative genius he was and the laundry list of "bad boy" quotes he may have had.. the reality is that he and "only he" made a conscious decision to "sell 51% of his company" to Gucci Group; something most of the people leaving comments on here saying negative things about business reflects.
3. We "all" live in a world of choices and Lee made the decision to "sell" majority ownership of his brand to secondary party; Gucci.
BOTTOM LINE: I love his God given talent and have prayed for him to be a good place, but when it comes down to business, Gucci has to do what they think is best and that will never change or take away "who" or "what" Lee as a human or designer did in this world!
We all know he is great and will remember him for what we each loved most about him. Don't get caught up in the little stuff.. enjoy your own lives and if anything, let Lee's passing inspire you to go out and do something where other people may be inspired by you!
God Bless Lee.
February 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm
It will be very hard to find a replacement that's for sure. There aren't that many young creative genius artists type left today really and for the McQueen brand to live on, it needs that McQueen touch since his vision was… out there! How do you really really describe a McQueen collection? Such a hard followup… what to do what to do. I don't know. There just isn't a designer who's in their head like all the greats (Karl/Valentino) anymore. Well not that I know of.
February 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm
This is a subject to be thought long and hard…
Both sides have excellent arguments wheather to close it or not.
The only part I hate of his death, is apart that he is no longer with us, the fact that the branding marketing whore will take over…
But then again…there is so much talent raw talentgenius minds
They need a chance to show what they can do
McQueen will always live on…
February 16, 2010 at 12:06 am
No way. You cannot try to gather a team of designers to create artwork that Mcqueen "might have done" if he were still alive. That's almost like saying, "we should get some painters to create more of picasso's artwork." If it wasn't something that Mcqueen saw and felt and envisioned and created, then it is simply not Mcqueen.
February 16, 2010 at 1:48 am
olivier theyskens . i believe he can do it . to carry the soul of Mr.McQueen .
February 16, 2010 at 3:14 am
I don't want to sound like a hater but ,the thought of a reality t.v. winner – Christian Serianoas replacement for Alexander McQueen is the biggest insult i can think of. Shame on you who would even dare to speak their names in the same sentence. Not only was Alexander a true genius,but he had the craftsmanship and true tailoring behind him. Yes, he got a lot of media attention, but not by participating in some irrelevant t.v. show. He got media attention because he made us think with every collection that he dreamed up.He was always pushing our buttons, showing us how fashion could be beautiful through (at times) morbid expression.Or showing us dreams where we would expect nightmares. I, for one lived to see his shows.I was so excited because this season i would finally get to work on one of his collections, a life long dream. I am saddened and dismayed that he would have found himself so alone, as to not find another reason to live for tomorrow.But yet at the same time, I am not surprised that he left us the way he did. I t seems so him, so shocking ( for lack of better words) My condolences to his team,his friends & his family. Rest in peace Alexander , know that you are loved here in the physical world.
February 16, 2010 at 6:10 am
1) Mcqueen was such a tragic fashion hero/prophet in his short life. it would be like saying you could MJ before a worldwide tour.
2) Only Olivier Theyskens can talk us down from the ledge. Oh, but he is just as fragile.
February 16, 2010 at 7:11 am
Although no one will ever repalce Alexander McQueen, the same way no one could ever replace Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld did a damb good job and I sure hope someone can do the same as he did for the sake of McQueens beautiful line.
February 16, 2010 at 7:46 am
The solution is actually quite simple and don't be surprised if Gucci execs read this and implement my solution. Basically, the amount of worldwide publicity McQueen has received outstrips most major fashion brands on a like for like cost basis. In effect, his death has catapulted the value of his name into the big leagues, but most importantly, into the mass market. Therefore, the best move is to take the brand down market utilizing his lower end range, McQ. The masses will think they are buying into a luxury brand and Gucci wins by selling tons more product than they ever would have if McQueen were still alive.
February 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm
I am the greatest fan of his work…which is obviously closer to art than to fashion itself…however I do think someone like hussein chalayan ( another genius that´s already part of the gucci group designers at PUMA) should take over the line…not for the idea of replacing him but to keep his legacy alive.
February 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm
In my oppinion, there is no option of shutting down Alexander McQueen-fashionhouse, he was an awesome designer who created something totally new. But I think no one shoud try to copy him, but for respect carry on with his name.
February 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm
i think it would be quite tasteful if the Alexander McQueen line was discontinued, since no one paints a Van Gogh anymore – his clothes are art.
i could still see the McQ line being continued though.
i think it would be a disservice to both McQueen and Theyskens for Olivier to design under that name.
February 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Noone is irreplaceable. Life will go on. The art will live on. Genius is not a finite commodity.
February 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm
February 17, 2010 at 1:08 am
Haven't read through all the comments so I don't know if this has been suggested before, but I think the company should just keep re-issuing things from the McQueen archive & sell those, @least for awhile…that's his work, so it wouldn't be changing anything about the house.
February 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm
It is definitely impossible to replace Mr McQueen. Look at Thierry Mugler and Helmut Lang today.. just variations of their creations, and almost every other designer, are STILL 'inspired' till today by them. The essence is gone… may Lee rest in peace.
February 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm
It is my great hope Gareth Pugh may evolve to carry on the house…
February 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm
No one, and I mean NO ONE can ever do what Alexander McQueen did. (especially not Christian Siriano, that would be an insult to his memory.) He can simply be honored and remembered by a talented designer that can do justice to the house.
Having said that Olivier would be a good fit.
February 18, 2010 at 5:38 am
It's a tribute to Alexander McQueen that people are considering whether anyone could ever fill his shoes. Today, when anyone and everyone calls him/herself a designer, it's a true loss when we lose one who actually IS!
February 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm
This is so selfish to keep McQueen alive so that you have " beautiful fashion". Alexander McQueen killed himself, therefore he killed Alexander McQueen;body, brand and genius. It's over. No one can envision women the way he did, no one can envision his shows the way he did, no one can follow his philosophy because it is his and he has ended it all with his own hands. McQueen should be kept a time in fashion history, a man and brand that changed fashion, theatre and technology. Even when he's dead you're going to squeeze as much as you can out of him and his name because you still want Alexander Mcqueen stitched into the back of your dress? You should have bought it while it went from his head, to people's hands, to the runway, to the retailer, to you. Everything from now on is not pure, except for his last collection showing next month. When a designer dies out of illness or they retire it is different, that situation is more like passing on a torch or " the show must go on", but when I designer says " I've had enough" which is what he did, we need to respect that and take what McQueen has given to the world and apply it to fashion in the future. That is how McQueen should live on. in my opinion.
February 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I agree, McQueen was an artist. The spring show with the lobster claw shoes and reptile prints was one of the most orginal shows of this century. It was stunning, shocking and fresh. I'm sure the shoes will end up in design collections all over the world, that is if one can get a pair. With the economy and the high cost of over the top shows, I'm sure Gucci will do something with the McQueen name, but it will be a tough act to follow for a designer.
February 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm
LONG live McQueen i pray that the line will be saved and someone as innovative and creative as him heeps it alive
February 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm
No one can replace McQueen, the designer, but yes, someone can come in and design under the McQueen name. I don't endorse the continuation of the line, but it's going to happen because of the huge sums of money already invested in his company.
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