Sales of Alexander McQueen’s key pieces and spring 10 collection rocketed in the hours after his death.
London department store Liberty said that at around 4pm, shortly after the news of the British designer’s death, its Alexander McQueen stock started flying off the shelves. A spokewoman said: “The response was immediate.”
Net-a-Porter, the designer etailer, is also reported to have experienced a sharp uplift in sales of the designer’s spring 10 collection, which had been one of his best received, when he showed it at Paris Fashion Week in October.
The collection had a reptile theme, and was dominated by structured and intricate printed dresses.
Anne Pitcher, buying and merchandising director at Selfridges told The Times newspaper that the upmarket department store was preparing for a rush on Alexander McQueen ranges. She said: “We fully expect customers to want to buy something buy him - andything - to keep as a momento, but also as a genuine tribute to his craft and spirit.”
Popular pieces so far are thought to include McQueen’s skull-print scarves.
McQueen designs on Ebay have already attracted a high volume of bids.
Reports suggest the Alexander McQueen standalones are likely to remain closed for the next few days.