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McQueen designers eyed as final collection shows

As the final womenswear collection designed by the late Lee Alexander McQueen wowed the crowds in Paris this week, speculation centred on the future of the Alexander McQueen label, which has yet to announce a replacement for its founder.

Alexander McQueen chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd is understood to have told guests at this week’s private viewing of the 16-piece collection in Paris that he had not begun recruiting a successor for McQueen, who sold a 51% stake in the company to Gucci Group in 2000 but remained creative director until his death last month.

Meanwhile, Tom Ford, former creative head of Gucci Group, who engineered the acquisition of Alexander McQueen, is rumoured to be tapping designers from the Italian brand house, including some from Alexander McQueen, to work on the launch of his own womenswear label.

The Alexander McQueen autumn 10 collection, which showed in a Paris salon on Tuesday and Wednesday, featured the digital fantasy prints and lampshade dresses for which McQueen was renowned.

Strong regal influences, with full-length gowns and coats, mini dresses and capes in gold, red and navy tones featured. Thick fabrics were folded to create structured, voluminous silhouettes.

Standout pieces included a gilded feather coat with a rigid high collar and a floor-length red cape with embellished shoulders.

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