Alexander McQueen, Requiescat in Pace

Manolo says, it is always sad when someone dies, and doubly so when someone in the prime of life, full of talent and promise, kills himself. And so it was with great sadness that the Manolo read this morning of the suicide of Alexander McQueen.

Although, not everything he made was to the taste of the Manolo, everything he made was emphatically his own, stamped with his own unique style and standards. And, his shoes were often undeniably beautiful, or striking.

He will be very much missed.

And now the Manolo must ask, why the prominence of the skull motif in his most recent collection?

Alexander McQueen Lazer Cut Skull Motif SandalsAlexander McQueen Skull Thong Sandals

And not just in shoes, but scarves, t-shirts, even the macabrely humorous rings.

Alexander McQueen Skull Ring

The skull motif was among the most popular things Alexander McQueen had ever done, and yet the Manolo wonders, why?

Why did Alexander McQueen produce his own memento mori?

In retrospect, it is now all so sad.

Update: Catie at the Cuffington Blog has something important to say about Alexander McQueen’s suicide.

10 Responses to “Alexander McQueen, Requiescat in Pace”

  1. floretbroccoli February 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Memento mori, no?

    Sad day.

  2. Manolo the Shoeblogger February 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Yes, memento mori. Thank you for the correction.

  3. floretbroccoli February 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    My college Poetry and Poetics teacher drummed that into us.

  4. purly February 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    He pioneered 90s goth in high fashion, so skulls were really just part of his repertoire.

  5. abendkleider February 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Gone to soon, R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

  6. Virginia Postrel February 12, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    Thanks for linking to Catie’s post. I hope people will read it.

  7. Ms Baroque February 12, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Yes, I noticed the skulls too – & thanks for those pics, I hadn’t seen them. It’s the sort of motif that just looks interesting, until it looks significant… it’s all very sad.

    I tried to make sense of the whole thing here:
    http://baroqueinhackney.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/alexander-mcqueen-hells-angles-prolific-deamons/

  8. Jessica @ Beautify My Life February 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Very sad. Hard to imagine how someone so successful at such a young age could think he had nothing to live for.

  9. Christine February 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Catie’s post was so eloquent. I don’t feel like I can add much, except to say that everyone here probably knows someone like Alexander McQueen. It is very hard to look at someone and know if they are depressed, even a loved one. If you’re not sure, ask, and keep asking. I am sure everyone around Mr. McQueen did their best to help him and yet..

    Rest in peace, Lee Alexander McQueen.

  10. daniel February 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    RIP he was amazing.. in tribute here’s to fashion week
    http://mog.om/MG_Features/blog/1767704