Memorable McQueen

If there was anywhere in the world I could have been today, I would have transported myself to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

I know my heart was there.

Lee Alexander McQueen was remembered there publicly today, during what I hear was a bright, sunny September morning in the city that adored him, nurtured him and ultimately the city where he would leave this mortal coil.

Sarah Jessica Parker holds the order of service in front of St. Paul’s.

After Lee’s passing, I have suffered a detachment from fashion. It has lost much of its colour. In a time of what I call ‘blender fashion’ (more on that in a post soon, I promise) he was an artist, like Michelangelo, flat on his back, strained and painting a masterpiece ceiling that we could all look up at, aspire to and be inspired by.

He may have been haunted by demons, but he was our collective angel. May he shine his light on us from afar.

If I were there, I would have worn McQueen, too.

Ms. Wintour should wear McQueen more often. She is a vision in black.
Ms. Wintour pays her respects.
The one and only Ms. Guinness who can stand out in the most fashionable of crowds.
Yes, madame, we are looking at you – and to you, constantly in awe.
The ethereal Ms. Moss.
Classically, Kate.
McQueen was clearly a man who adored women and the ladies within us.
…not to mention the mavens and warriors within us.
Naomi Campbell in fine feathered form.
Ms. McCartney covers up.
Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, Anna Wintour and Style.com’s Tim Blanks outside St. Paul’s. Blanks wrote one of the best tributes to McQueen just after his death.
Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph looking like the fashion royalty that she is.
Brit model Stella Tennant pays her respects.
It was a meeting place for media mavens, models and media savvy celebs, alike. Annabelle Neilson embraces Sarah Jessica Parker.
While Parker posed for many a photo, my favourite is this one which really does justice to McQueen’s tailoring.
There wasn’t an artistic realm McQueen didn’t touch. Music was no exception. Bobby Gillespie arrives.
Bjork performed Gloomy Sunday during the service.
Pipers played on the steps of St. Paul’s after the memorial.
An homage to McQueen’s Scottish heritage.
While we try to move forward, we will not forget you, Lee. Hope you are in a happier place.

I’m going back to a happy place
All my life I’ve lived to taste
Someone else’s flavours on my tongue

Cherry take me back to the start of it all
Where everyone’s up then everyone falls
Almost could destroy me with her kiss

Oh, I wish that I could feel
And I feel too real
For this grey moat
And me, I’m drifting like the sun
Down on everyone, the TV sky

Save me
Come and save me
Come on touch me
Come on and touch me
Come on hold me
Come on and hold me
I live my life for something I can’t see
Let me take you in my summer dream

Happy Place lyrics by The Jesus and Mary Chain

My thanks to The Telegraph UK, Metro UK, Contactmusic.com, Reuters India, Monsters and Critics, PA, Imnotobsessed.com, Marie Claire UK and Vogue UK for use of these amazing images.

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7 Comments

  1. September 24, 2010

    You will never be forgotten. The world is a much more beautiful and expressive place since you lived and embraced it. You certainly are in a better place.

  2. September 23, 2010

    Peace + love to Lee Alexander McQueen

  3. September 23, 2010

    Amazing photographs. I love how in your way, you paid tribute to McQueen by sharing your view of the ceremony

  4. cirilo
    September 23, 2010

    RIP

  5. September 22, 2010

    Agree w Cynthia. I get all tears in my eyes when i think about what a great loss this is..

    RIP the (Mc)Queen

    • Jyotika Malhotra
      September 22, 2010

      Thank you, ladies. He is still bringing people together through his art. We are proof of that. /J

  6. Cynthia
    September 21, 2010

    wonderful article..and photos.
    RIP McQueen

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