Designer Focus: Alexander McQueen

When McQueen first burst onto the fashion scene in 1992, it was hardly a subtle arrival.

The British-born designer arrived with a bang, putting his innovative, avant-garde designs front and center and dramatically changing London’s fashion landscape. McQueen, who first got his start on London’s famous Savile Row learning tailoring and pattern-making from costumiers Angels and Bermans, is known for his dramatic, elaborately constructed pieces that combine elements of both British tailoring and French couture.

From the very beginning, McQueen has shocked and delighted audiences with raw presentations and runway shows that are elaborate even by Fashion Week standards. His flair for the dramatic and outrageous is as much a part of his designs as his expert tailoring and romantic accents. This unlikely combination of hard and soft has remained a theme at his label even after McQueen’s tragic and untimely death in 2010.

Alexander McQueen’s brand has continued to churn out immaculately tailored, one-of-a-kind pieces. Maybe you’ve heard of a little thing called the royal wedding? Duchess Kate’s stunning, fit-to-a-T wedding dress was designed by none other than Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looking stunning in McQueen.



McQueen also deserves credit as the man who made skull print cool (and not just on Halloween). McQueen’s skull-print scarf, another juxtaposition of tough-girl chic, has become iconic among Hollywood fashionistas including Nicole Richie, the Olsen twins, Kate Moss, and Sienna Miller.

Classic Skull Scarf

The classic.


Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie rockin' the red version.


Even if you can’t afford McQueen’s iconic scarf or one-of-a-kind gowns, you can still evoke some of his savage beauty in your own home. Use these skull-print pillows as an accent piece to give your living room or bedroom an avant-garde feel. A touch of tough like this will seem cool and modern, rather than giving the impression that you’re trying to turn your home into a full-on Halloween haunted house.

Wesley Bird Skulls Throw Pillow

Wesley Bird Skulls Throw Pillow

Skull print not your style? If that’s too macabre for your personal taste, you can also opt to to create some tough-guy (or girl) décor with these studded canisters. Although they were originally designed for the pet in your life, these nickel-plated beauties are also perfect for storing knickknacks and other clutter out of sight for a clean, chic appearance.

Unleashed Life Berlin Storage Canister

Unleashed Life Berlin Storage Canister

And last, but not least, consider the Glendon Table Lamp. Add this to your space if you want to evoke the surreal seductiveness of the McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 campaign. We recommend placing it somewhere that needs an extra kick of sexy sass.

Glendon Table Lamp

Glendon Table Lamp

Spring/Summer 2013 campaign

Spring/Summer 2013 campaign. Ah-mazing!


– Alison Deering, guest blogger

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  1. sandra

    …a true designer!

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