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London Fashion Week pauses to pay respect to Lee Alexander McQueen

The fashion industry this morning paid its respects to late designer Lee Alexander McQueen at St Paul’s Cathedral in the capital.

McQueen’s family, friends and key industry figures gathered in the Cathedral to remember the designer and his creative genius on the fourth day of London Fashion Week.

“Alexander has left us an exceptional legacy. He was a brilliant, extraordinary and inspirational talent.”

American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour

McQueen’s nephew Mark McQueen led the readings, followed by an address from American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who had written a tribute celebrating the designer’s life and career.

“There was no comfort zone with Alexander McQueen,” she began, before recalling vivid memories of the designer, from the beginnings of his career when Wintour said she was frustrated by the young designer’s disdain for American Vogue, to the height of his career when Wintour would be invited to preview the collections created by the “complex and gifted young man”.

Wintour told of how, as a child McQueen, spent hours sitting atop his tower block home watching birds fly over head. She ended her reading: “Alexander has left us an exceptional legacy. He was a brilliant, extraordinary and inspirational talent that soared like the birds of his boyhood above us all.”

UK industry buyers including Harrods’ fashion and beauty director Marigay McKee and Tom Chapman, of London-based premium independent Matches, attended the service as did long term friends of the designer, models Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell.

Alexander McQueen chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd contributed to the Prayers of Intercession and singer Bjork sang a haunting version of Gloomy Sunday dressed as a McQueen angel. The London Community Gospel Choir also performed before the service ended with Scottish pipers leading out the congregation.

Alexander Lee McQueen died on February 11, 2010.


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