New York Fashion Week got off to a somber start as the industry reacted to the shocking death of British designer Alexander McQueen of an apparent suicide Thursday (Feb. 11). Dozens of celebrities who wore his creations paid tribute to him.
Sarah Jessica Parker and leading British celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Helena Bonham Carter were among those expressing shock and fond remembrances of the 40-year-old designer.
“I am shocked and overcome with grief upon learning about the untimely death of the quiet genius Alexander McQuee n. My heart goes out to his family and all those who worked for and with him,” said Parker reflecting the thoughts and concerns of many.”
The Sex and the City star wore McQueen’s creations both on and off-screen.
Singer Beckham, who has launched her own fashion line, called McQueen “a master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration.”
“Today the fashion industry has lost a true great, an icon of all time. He made all he touched beautiful and will be desperately missed,” she said.
“It’s absolutely tragic. What horrible news,” Carter said. “It’s just horrendous to think that someone was so devastated by his mother dying. I loved McQueen.”
McQueen’s New York Fashion Week presentation, slated for the day he died, was cancelled.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour called McQueen, “one of the greatest talents of his generation.”
For comments and remembrances from other celebrities check out this McQueen tribute.
While no official cause of death has been released, McQueen was under stress from the recent death of his mother and the pressure of putting together a collection for Fashion Week, according to his last Tweets on his Twitter account.
On Feb. 3, he tweeted that his mother had just died. “RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,” he wrote, adding: “But life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
A few days later he expressed frustration: “Sunday evening been an F—-g awful week but my friends have been great, but now I have to some how [sic] pull myself together and finish with the…”
To read tributes from fashion industry luminaries and celebrities check out McQueen Tribute.