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Kanye West Sympathizes With McQueen

Kanye for Louis VuittonSelf-pronounced fashion icon says that he can sympathize with the late Alexander McQueen because they were both “tormented” by their need to be creative.

The “Gold Digger” hitmaker believes that the fashion designer - who died last month after committing suicide - felt he had proved himself with his fantastic creations and perhaps there was no need for him to be on this earth any more.

“I’m tormented by the need to create. With the loss of McQueen I feel like we lost one of the faces of modern creativity’s Mount Rushmore. There were times that the only thing that kept me on this earth was the need and responsibility to create. Maybe McQueen felt his job was done because his last collection was the greatest of the decade. We are all so hurt. I know we’re selfish because he brought us so much joy and inspiration.”

The hip-hop star admits he often experiences “night demons” and thinks McQueen suffered in the same way. Writing on his blog, he said, “I know how it feels when the night demons come. We can’t let them control our hands and feet. Sometimes when it hurts so bad we have to just lay in the bed. Just lay in bed and don’t move please, I know how it feels. I wish McQueen could have just been still. Don’t let the psychiatrists give you their drugs because it slows down your wings.”

McQueen, 40, was found hung in his wardrobe at his London home just days after the death of his beloved mother.


Kelly Osbourne Comments on McQueen Death

Kelly Osbourne at New York Fashion WeekReality star says the fashion world will never be the same since the tragic death of Alexander McQueen.

The presenter was a close friend of the designer - who was found hanged in his London home last week after reportedly taking his own life - paid tribute to him and believes nobody will ever come close to his legacy.

“I’m devastated at the death of my friend , who, it seems, may have committed suicide at this London home last week. He was only 40 and the fashion world will never be the same without him. “There aren’t many great designers in the world, even fewer trendsetters. His fashion told a story, it meant something. He was distinctive and unique. No one will come close to replicating what he did.”

Meanwhile, Kelly took to the catwalk at New York Fashion Week on Sunday. The newly-slim star strutted herself at the show, which was inspired by saloon girls, vagabonds and gamblers. She was the first model of the evening with a bandanna mask, playfully wielding toy pistols before revealing her face.

Alexander McQueen Found Dead

Alexander McQueen

UPDATE: McQueen had cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills in his system when he died.

The fashion industry mourns the loss of yet another prominent force in the industry. British fashion designer , 40, was found dead in his London apartment this morning, having reportedly committed suicide. His death comes days after his mother’s death and three years after the suicide of Isabella Blow, the famed style icon who discovered him.

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Juliette Lewis Praises McQueen, Galliano For Dramatic Style

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers, News,

Juliette LewisActress-singer Juliette Lewis “appreciates” clothes which look like they’re designed in outer space.

The actress adores designers Alexander McQueen and John Galliano because their clothes are dramatic and help her achieve a unique style.

“To me, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano appear to create in an alternative universe. Although I haven’t worn much from either, I really appreciate their sense of drama. For beautiful, uniquely tailored suits I like Todd Lynn. His stuff is really timeless and chic. One of my favorite outfits is an elegant, pale grey wool suit that he designed.”

The 36-year-old beauty also aims to continue her “fun” style onto the red carpet: “I love dressing up. I wore a sequined Fendi T-shirt dress, crazy maroon tights and incredible Loriblu ankle boots to the premiere of my new film, Whip It, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a very fun, very me outfit.”

As well as wearing designer outfits, Juliette often shops for vintage pieces and regularly customizes items herself. She added, “I find a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces in vintage shops and markets, but I’m a fan of Topshop, too. I recently bought a dress from there that I ripped up and customized to wear onstage.”

Gucci Goes Green

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Gucci's Mimma ViglezioEven fashion houses want to get in on the eco-friendly trend: Gucci has vowed to go green and help save the rainforest.

The giant fashion conglomerate, which owns brands including Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, has joined forces with the Rainforest Action Network and decided to stop using paper from Indonesian rainforests and plantations as well as avoiding the suppliers Asia Pulp and Paper.

Executive vice president of global communications Mimma Viglezio said, “Standing rainforests are not a luxury, they’re a necessity if the world wants to stop climate change. Our actions are lowering our own carbon footprint, but we hope that they will also raise awareness inside the fashion industry that it’s possible for our industry to make a difference for rainforests and for the climate.”

This change in company policy will now ensure all the paper used—from for printing documents to carrier bags—will not come from endangered forests.

Bosses at the Rainforest Action Network are thrilled with the fashion giant’s dedication to the cause and have praised them as a “industry leader” for their hard work and hope other companies will follow. Forest campaign director Lafcadio Cortesi said, “The Gucci Group’s actions and commitments confirm its place as an industry leader. This move sets a bar for others in fashion and retail and demonstrates the foresight our society needs for our children and grandchildren to have standing rainforests and a stable climate.”

Prepare Yourself for the Jean Paul Gaultier-Target Collab

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors, Sales, Women,

Jean Paul Gaultier to design for TargetIt really is the new rage among fashion designers. From Thakoon to Proenza Schouler and Anna Sui to Rodarte (as well as many, many more), Target is taking no clear break when it comes to penning the deals with collaborators.

Whose creations will we be expecting next? Jean Paul Gaultier! Rumors about Gaultier signing on with Target went around for awhile until receiving confirmation this weekend. In fact, I don’t think that I’ve been this excited for a diffusion line since Alexander McQueen.

For the Designer Collaboration series, Target asks that the designer select a muse: “Jean Paul Gaultier for Target pays tribute to the American woman, celebrating the forces of style both past and present in American pop culture, the retailer said.”

Interesting… Well, we’ll just have to wait until March 7th, when the pieces hit stores (although I’m sure photos of the line will have leaked before then) to figure out just what that means.

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Quote of the Day: Alexander McQueen on Paris Fashion Week

Alexander McQueen contemplates taking over the world

“Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination!”
- Fashion designer Alexander McQueen on his plans for his Spring/Summer ‘10 collection, debuting at Paris Fashion Week on October 6.

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