Archive for February, 2010

RIP Alexander McQueen

February 11th, 2010


Associated Press photos
This is one of the last images from one of Alexander McQueen’s shows that appeared in the Star-Bulletin, following his menswear show in Milan last month. While other designers put very commercial styles on the runway in light of the economy, McQueen defied convention. Unfortunately, I didn’t save other pictures from the collection, thinking general readers wouldn’t appreciate his dark, macabre point of view and didn’t want him to be a punchline to those who don’t get it. So this is one of the tamest styles in his collection centered on theatrical and film villains.

Alexander McQueen, said to be distraught over the death of his mother, was found dead at his London home earlier today.

A presentation of his secondary label, McQ, had been scheduled for today’s opening of New York Fashion Week, but the event was canceled after the news hit.

He was a brilliant designer who inspired many who followed in his footsteps. Although he has many disciples, through his shows he consistently demonstrated impeccable tailoring combined with the ability to shock, surprise, confound and ultimately delight, while utilizing all the skills gleaned through having apprenticed with Savile Row tailors and theatrical costumers.

I was asked if I own any McQueen pieces. I couldn’t afford his ready-to-wear, but I have a McQ black scuba top from spring 2009, which I’ll don tomorrow in his memory.

He is one of the greats of our time and will be remembered and missed.

A great perspective piece from

Style Noir tribute

Requiem to McQueen in photos from Acid Cinderella.


Wikipedia entry

Visit to sign a public guestbook to share memories and messages of condolences. created a video tribute to honor McQueen’s life and work. The site offers the opportunity for others do do the same.


Models wore designs from McQueen’s Ready to Wear Spring-Summer 2010 fashion collection, presented in Paris last fall.


In 2006, the designer appeared with Sarah Jessica Parker during arrivals at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, celebrating “Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.”

mc store

Nadine Kam photo
In 2004, I visited the Alexander McQueen boutique in New York’s Meatpacking District, where garments from the Paris runway were displayed in the windows and I had the opportunity to view the detailed work close up. FYI, the top portion in the dress at left is not the manikin, but a shaped leather bodice.


Models wear garments created by Alexander McQueen for his Fall/Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection, shown in Paris. 


I featured these amazing McQueen shoes here last fall.

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Lingerie for V-Day

February 10th, 2010


The latest issue of HI Luxury is on newsstands with a spread of lingerie modeled by Michelle Vawer and photographed by Leah Ball. The shoot called for some acting on Michelle’s part because she had to work with imaginary scenarios with the backdrops to be drawn in later by Gina Lambert and Cody Kawamoto.

The green screen idea had me cracking up at one point, when she had to imagine being in the arms of a suitor.

It was a way of toning down the sexiness, which can sometimes register as being tawdry and cheap. We were aiming for more of a playful fantasy and hope it comes across that way.

She’s wearing Christian Lacroix’s limited edition Garden bra ($135) from Princesse Tam-Tam, and Margherita Mazzei Cult briefs ($67) from Ai Amour Luxury Lingerie. Both shops are in the Royal Hawaiian Center, and both carry many beautiful handmade pieces. Princesse Tam-Tam also carries more affordable pieces.

The Lacroix butterfly- and floral-print bra and matching panties are a few of the last pieces created by the designer before he was forced to close his business, so they could now be considered to be collector’s items. Grab them while they’re still available for Valentine’s Day.