savage beauty wrap up

did you really think i wouldn’t post yet again about the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibition at the met in its last week?  it’s coming to a close this sunday (8/07) and was a huge smash hit.  it was so successful that…

  • it was extended from ending on july 31st to august 7th
  • on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.
  • while the rest of the museum is closed on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, the exhibit is open for an extra $50
  • the lines/crowds have been pretty crazy (two-hour lines this past weekend)
  • it broke attendance records for a fashion exhibition at the met this past weekend with an attendance of +582,000
  • it’s open until midnight on its final two days

so if you’re planning to see it this week, you should probably sign up for membership to bypass the lines.

i’m sad i’ll never be able to see it, but at least i have the book (which i still need to read) and garance dore got photos!  this is a big deal since photography is prohibited in the exhibition.

see garance’s post for all her shots.

highlights from alexander mcqueen resort 2012

i appreciate that sarah burton isn’t trying to imitate alexander mcqueen and i actually like her signature softness that she brings to his normally dark, romantic style.  the resort 2012 collection is another example of this fusion with military/utilitarian details and edwardian silhouettes combined with lace and tulle.  fashionologie’s calling the style “romantic utlity” and it keeps a lot of mcqueen’s signature elements, like high necks, cinched waistlines, and embellished gowns but now with easier wearability.

after dressing michelle obama and designing kate middleton’s wedding dress, sarah burton has certainly increased the fashion house’s popularity.

and my favorites:

savage beauty extended to august 7th

the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibit has been such a smash hit for the met that they’ve extended the end date from july 31st to august 7th.  and they’re also only opening the exhibit on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, when the rest of the museum is closed (for those willing to fork out an extra $50).

on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.

even with the extension, i doubt i’ll ever be able to the exhibit since i was just in nyc and just missed the opening.  thankfully, my friends bought the book for me for my birthday (thanks again!  this book’s actually sold out on amazon right now!).  i can’t wait to read it…you know, once i’m done studying and taking the gmat…

i haven’t taken it out of the shrink wrap yet but it’s pretty cool because it has a holographic cover.

also, alexander mcqueen has begun pre-saling for their first cut (40% off) of spring 2011 collection.  i already asked about the scarf i so desperately want, but since it’s limited edition, it won’t be included.  they said it’s only selling while the exhibit’s up and then any excess inventory after would be shipped to the met. =(  i’m considering getting it anyways but it’s so expensive…

shoes, please

anthropologie windowpane wedges

toms navy-striped calypso wedge

miu miu peep-toe jeweled patent ballet flats

chanel cambon snakeskin ballet flats

white brogues

toms glitter

christian louboutin relika mary janes (in black/nude)

pour la victoire irina pump

audrina partridge's mystery shoes (info would be appreciated)

christian louboutin runway exclusives

alexander mcqueen gold-studded old faithful booties (i think the pair pictured are fake)

alexander mcqueen buckled leather shearling ankle boots

givenchy fisherman wedges

christian louboutin canon 140

savage beauty continues in harvey nichols’ displays

london’s luxury department store, harvey nichols, has been exclusively chosen to exhibit a commemorative window display of alexander mcqueen’s iconic designs in conjunction with the met’s “savage beauty” exhibition.

some of the pieces were more delicate and couldn’t travel to the met exhibit due to custom regulations, including the white dress worn by shalom harlow that was spray-painted by robots live on the catwalk.

the dresses will be on display starting today until the end of the month.

i feel like this is turning into an alexander mcqueen fan blog.

long live mcqueen

i previously posted about how bummed i was that i would be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc.  i’m still bummed but i guess the next best thing is new york magazine’s private tour video.

can you imagine how amazing the collection is for it be nearly impossible for the curator to narrow it down to 100 looks?

long live mcqueen.

savage beauty

i’m pretty bummed that i’ll be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc by days.  i’m leaving on april 30th and the opening launch at the costume institute benefit gala (met ball) is on may 2nd; it will be open to the public from may 4th to july 31st.  so if you live there, or are visiting during that time, please visit so i can live vicariously through you.

mcqueen has become one of my favorite designers…unfortunately i wasn’t exposed to his genius until after his sad passing.  long live mcqueen, rip.

alexander mcqueen a/w 2009

excerpted from telegraph:

The exhibition will examine more than two decades of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier, from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, through his years as the creative director of the house of Givenchy, and the radical designs for his own label, up to his final collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris, just under a month after his death by suicide, at his home in London.

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. He saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideaological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, sexuality, history, and the future of Planet Earth.

His catwalk presentations were as lavish as they were technologically challenging, offering the audience a fleeting glimpse of fashion as performance art or the theatre of the macabre.

During his career McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year trophy four times, and also received the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for the International Designer of the Year, in 2003.

coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the fashion house will be releasing this limited edition silk skull scarf:

it will be available in stores may for $495.  this will be a real collector’s piece so i’d love to have it.  i can only afford his pieces when they’re on second-cut sale–and even then, barely.  i’m fairly certain this will sell out so the chances of me owning it are pretty unlikely.

other lust-worthy mcqueen scarves:


broderie anglais silk scarf, $380

black inverted bar skull ribbon silk/satin scarf, $235

dressed in black lace

reese witherspoon in marchesa at the cma's

alexander mcqueen lace-covered organza dress

valentino one-shoulder lace dress