What better way to start my new series on fashion than performing a curtsey for my King – Alexander McQueen, the British designer whose talent and innovations turned this staunch egalitarian into a trembling worshiper of fashion monarchy. With his deep historical and literary allusions, this king of the outrageous epitomises the very London and the very British in the world of fashion. Refusing to discuss his future plans and always taking one day at a time, he believed that the world in its current embodiment is doomed to fail. Over the years, he earned the reputation of a bad boy, constantly shocking the glitterati with his references to the deep issues of poverty, gore, and disease.
One of my favourite David LaChapelle photographs is Burning Down the House, with McQueen and his muse, Isabella Blow.
I believe that high-end designer collections are mainly to be used as a platform for making your own fashion voice more prominent. As I develop my personal style, I seek inspiration in McQueen’s work, attempting to embrace the dichotomy of my character and show my constant desire to challenge stereotypes. Soft cashmere and silk scarves with skull prints, pretty flowing summer frocks with clenched wolf jaws, crystal studded hoof-like footwear? Bring it on!
The unforgettable 2010 Collection.
Here, I am wearing a McQueen scarf (peach-pink with a frightful skull) and then using McQueen-inspired combinations of different textures in the rest of my outfit, such as this Twenty8Twelve leather (faux) and wool oversized jumper + Karen Millen leather and pony skin (faux too) boots.
Small matching details make an outfit more wholesome, and here I match my dotted stockings (black dots on nude skin) with a new nail polish by Illamasqua (black poppy-seed pattern on nude base). Don’t these speckled nail polishes remind you that Easter (hence, spring) is just around the corner?