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Woman to Make Clothes Out of Alexander McQueen 'Skin'

She says it's 'completely legal'

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen "was always pushing the boundaries" in fashion. That's why Tina Gorjanc thinks he'd love her new project, which aims to make clothing from McQueen's skin—or rather skin grown from McQueen's DNA. The recent fashion school graduate plans to use DNA from... More »

Alexander McQueen Leaves $82K to Dogs

Designer wanted to ensure companions were cared for

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen really loved his dogs. The fashion designer, who committed suicide last year , left $82,000 to be put into a trust for bull terriers Minter, Juice, and Callum, to ensure they'd be well cared-for the rest of their lives. The rest of his $26 million fortune went... More »

Celebs Walk Costume Gala Red Carpet

Sadly, no bunny ears in sight this year

(Newser) - Last year, there was a light-up dress ; in 2009, Madonna wore a kooky hat . From the looks of it, this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was not quite as crazy, but there were definitely some interesting looks. PopEater calls last night's fete "the year'... More »

Hells Angels Sue Fashion House on Trademark

Motorcycle gang goes after the late Alexander McQueen

(Newser) - It's on. The Hells Angels are suing the fashion house of late designer Alexander McQueen for stealing the club's trademarked symbols, the Telegraph reports. The gang claims McQueen's imprint used its motifs on a $2,329 handbag, a $1,595 dress, a four-finger silver ring, and, of course, a pashmina... More »

Fashion Awards Draw A-List Crowd

Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors win top awards

(Newser) - Fashion's A-list gathered in New York last night for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's annual awards ceremony. Marc Jacobs won the womenswear designer of the year award, Michael Kors took home a lifetime achievement award, and model Iman was recognized as a Fashion Icon, the Daily Beast reports.... More »

McQueen High on Cocaine Before Suicide

Designer also took sleeping pills, tranquilizers

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen was high on cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers before he hanged himself, the inquest into his death heard today. The Westminster coroner said the 40-year-old fashion designer “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed,” adding that he had “a history of self-harm... More »

McQueen’s Label Had $50M Debt at Suicide

Recession hit fashion designer hard; outfit's future unclear

(Newser) - Designer Alexander McQueen’s fashion business was $50 million in debt at the time of his suicide last week, an analysis of the firm’s recent statements shows. The Times of London reports that the brand, founded in 2001, didn’t break even until 2007—then made a profit in... More »

McQueen Hanged Himself Just Days After Mom's Death

Drugs, porn star also played roles in end of designer's life

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his closet the day before his mother's funeral, the coroner reported today, leaving a suicide note the coroner declined to disclose. Days before he died, McQueen had posted several messages on Twitter revealing his grief at his mother's death, the AP reports. But the photographer... More »

Lady Gaga Wins Big at Brit Awards

She wins three awards, dedicates opener to late designer

(Newser) - Lady Gaga scored three awards at tonight’s Brit Awards—the across-the-pond version of the Grammys—and won over the London audience by dedicating her show-opening performance to a late friend and favorite fashion designer. “This is for Alexander McQueen,” Gaga said before launching into an acoustic version... More »

McQueen's Ex: Enough With the Fake Crying

Here's looking at you, Rachel Zoe and Patti Smith

(Newser) - Just days after celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was too “distraught” over Alexander McQueen’s death to attend a Project Runway fashion show, the designer’s ex-partner called out fashion world “hangers-on” for their meaningless condolences. “It's been fashion, fashion, fashion,” George Forsyth tells the Daily Mail... More »

Fashion World Mourns Alexander McQueen

The 'brash boy' was hailed as a genius for his designs

(Newser) - The apparent suicide of 40-year-old British designer Alexander McQueen has stunned the fashion world.
  • "I found him about as complex and beguiling as any human,' writes fashion journalist Cathy Horyn in the New York Times . "He was enormously creative and intelligent—and funny and rude and fearless.
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Alexander McQueen Dead at 40, Apparent Suicide

Fashion designer found in apparent suicide

(Newser) - British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, is dead of an apparent suicide just weeks before the unveiling of his Fashion Week show in Paris. He is believed to have been found hanged in his London apartment, the Mail reports. His Twitter feed, which has since been removed, included a post... More »

Top Fashion Buzzword: 'Lady Gaga'

Michelle Obama falls from 2 to 15 on Global Language Monitor list

(Newser) - The Global Language Monitor has crunched the numbers, and the “Top Fashion Buzzword of the upcoming season” is…Lady GaGa! Interestingly, this is the first time a personage has topped the list. First lady Michelle Obama came close in the previous survey, at No. 2, but “Mobama” has... More »

Models Boycott High-Heel 'Stilts'

It's an issue of workplace safety, say top catwalkers

(Newser) - Three top models are refusing to teeter on limb-threatening 12-inch spike heels in catwalk shows. The models refused to appear in Alexander McQueen's latest show because of his impossible-to-wear "armadillo" shoes and "workplace safety" concerns. A British shoe designer sympathized with the models. "It'd be like walking... More »

How Skulls Took Over Fashion

Once scary, now stylish, skulls are trendy—and not just at Halloween

(Newser) - Skulls, once seen as sinister symbols, are now used on everything from children's shirts to underwear. Sara Dickerman of Slate takes a look at how the trend developed:
  • In the 16th century, artists like Albrecht Dürer were still using skulls to remind people of their mortality.
  • French pirate Emanuel
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The Latest From Paris: 12-Inch Heels

Alexander McQueen creates a stir with his towering shoes

(Newser) - Alexander McQueen’s collection, inspired by Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species, had quite a few avant garde elements when it was unveiled last night in Paris—think shaved eyebrows, gills painted on temples, and devil-horn-shaped hair—but the shoes took the cake. The crystal-studded creations, part shoe and... More »

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