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Alexander McQueen: sales soar and models in catwalk homage

Sales of iconic Alexander McQueen pieces soared 1,400% at the end of last week, in the days following the British designer’s tragic death.

Luxury London department store Liberty said customers rushed to buy pieces including McQueen’s iconic skull scarf, which retails at £140 or more.

Liberty head of press Kate Brindley said: “People want a memento, and this is such an easily identifiable one. Customers were buying them and putting them on immediately.”

McQueen tailored jackets, which cost upwards of £700, were set to have sold out today. Liberty has also unveiled a commemorative window display today called McQueen and Country.

Designer indie Matches said demand surged for the more accessible price points in womenswear and menswear. Men’s t-shirts, priced from £110 were among the fastest sellers.

McQueen was scheduled to show his latest designs for autumn during Paris Fashion Week, which is likely to be his last ever work. However, it remains unclear whether McQueen completed the collection in the aftermath of the death of his mother at the beginning of the month.

Meanwhile, model Naomi Campbell paid tribute to McQueen at her charity catwalk show in aid of the displaced people of Haiti, which took place in New York at the weekend.

Campbell was joined by fellow models including Karen Elson and Helena Christensen, who all wore designs from McQueen’s final Paris Collection called Plato’s Atlantis.

Daphne Guinness wore a catsuit believed to have been McQueen’s very last work. She wore the silver-sequinned catsuit with a tulle veil over her face and towering heels encrusted with jewels.

To see the catwalk show and the tribute to McQueen click on the below.

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