Mar 14th 2010 8:56PM Aw, thanks jmudgett6!
And likewise Alakazam. I find it odd that many people think a designer is solely responsible for creating one collection when, if they actually BOTHERED to dig deeper and find out how collections are created each season, it is clear that many fashion students and hired seamstresses/pattern cutters are employed by designers and numerous mills that employ hundreds of skilled workers around the world are responsible for fabricating designs when pieces are ordered by industry buyers.
And the numerous bags, shoes, brocade, and intricate beadwork doesn't magically fall from the heavens. It is also created by a large team of talented creatives and fabricated in factories which also hire skilled workers by the hundreds/thousands. So I absolutely have to say I agree with your very pertinent point about the fashion industry and the numerous people involved in the creative/fabrication process.
It just goes to show how little Karen actually knows about the industry in general. And I'm sure everyone knows that ASSuming when your opinion is completely uneducated/misinformed hardly ever adds anything substantial to any discussion. If Karen were in a room full of fashion critics (e.g. Suzy Menkes and Hilary Alexander), designers (e.g. Karl Lagerfeld, Nicholas Ghesquiere, and Miuccia Prada), and their employees her baseless remarks wouldn't be taken seriously. Especially if McQueen's family, friends, and designer team were in the room. I'm sure Sarah Burton would have a few choice words for her too.
While many designers this season have been adopting/appropriating (or should I say banking on?) the minimalist approach that designers like Raf Simons and in the past Helmut Lang have perfected McQueen was still pushing his ideal of keeping his unique view of fashion all about about romanticism, craftsmanship, and the fantastical.
If you want wearable chic minimalism for the modern day woman Karen then I suggest you stick to making positive comments on Phobe Philo, Stella McCartney and Hannah MacGibbon's collections. Philo, McCartney and MacGibbon's arguably derivative minimalist style might be more appealing to your conservative sartorial taste, that is if you even know who these designers are and which brands they designer for.
That way you will at least be saying something positive for a change instead of insulting a dead person and an industry you know nothing about. And others will be able to adore and appreciate McQueen's breathtaking archives and final collection in peace.
Lee is gone and Theysken's isn't in the design game anymore. With all the modern minimalist chic making the rounds this season it is clear how much the kind of magic these two brought to the runway is sorely missed. It is always sad to lose someone but when that someone is so gifted it makes the loss even harder. Like Alakazam said Karen, you really ought to think carefully before making more spiteful remarks.
Mar 13th 2010 2:56AM Why are you behaving and commenting as though McQueen is some kind of evil person out to destroy the world?
I seriously wonder whether you have delved into the stories behind McQueen's previous collections or if you even know anything about the history of fashion. B/c if you did know anything about the latter then perhaps you would see (even if you didn't particularly like his style) why McQueen's death is a huge loss for the fashion industry. He was a fashion designer, and a great one at that. Many critics and other designers have acknowledged his talent and he had received many accolades for being good at what he did, even a C.B.E. from the Queen.
Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' was not well-received by everyone when it first came out, does that mean it shouldn't be considered good? Not everyone likes eating seafood, does that mean the overall opinion on seafood should be a negative one? Not everyone likes watching movies, does that mean movies are irrelevant? Miuccia Prada's first collection for Prada was panned, does that make her a bad designer?
Different people are attracted to different types of music, food and fashion. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that other people don't have a right to get pleasure out of it. Art is a celebration of life and people's reactions to art can never be predicted. Opinion is subjective and relies heavily on an individual's apperception.
Yes everyone can be a designer nowadays thanks to companies doing collaborations with singers and movie stars. But that doesn't mean that their designs are any better than a Central Saint Martins graduate. Anyone can be an accountant, a chef, a graphic designer. But not everyone can be a gifted one. Sarah Palin considers herself a politician, which she is, but that doesn't mean she is a great at her job.
Your overall negative attitude reeks of hostility and I'm not entirely sure what you are trying to gain from continuing this spiteful, and self-righteous tirade. It's not as if he was trying to ruin the world with his fashion.
I think you'll find that your 'God' once said something along the lines of 'treat others as your would treat yourself'. I'm not sure verbally attacking the dead will get you anywhere and you really ought to practice what your God preaches. If you are free to voice your opinion then so am I and frankly I think only a person with a cruel streak who's outlook is generally negative attitude towards everything would spout the kind of words that you have.
Your God has the ability to forgive and be empathetic towards others, two qualities you clearly lack. God is watching and if you continue to bite back and make cruel, defensive remarks in order to try and get strangers who like Lee's designs on 'your side' then it will only prove my point.
Lighten up, go out and find a cause that is actually worth fighting for. Your posturing and anger should be directed towards someone like Robert Mugabe or the healthcare issue, not at a designer who was just trying to bring a new kind of beauty into the world and inspired many young (and old) designers. I doubt with your kind of attitude you will be able to leave the same kind of legacy that designers like Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent or Lee Alexander McQueen have.
And btw to answer your one of your questions, yes. People do actually wear his clothes off the runway. Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Paker, Michelle Obama and many other famous women have worn his runway looks and his less pricier Pre-Fall/Resort /Target lines were readily available and snapped up by the buying public.