Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrating Alexander McQueen In Anticipation of "Savage Beauty" at the Met

Looking at “Savage Beauty,” the exhibit at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view May 4–July 31, dedicated to the life and work of the late Alexander McQueen, we’re reminded how his genius inspired us all.

With less than two weeks left before attendees take to the red carpet for the Costume Institute Gala opening, it’s time to think about how we can celebrate his extraordinary contribution to fashion, starting with the things the British designer loved most.
McQueen was a master of subverting the macabre. In his hands, the skull was an utterly glamorous leitmotif—the dark, bejeweled twist to an evening clutch. I’ve always coveted his handbags, and this season’s printed variety are no exception. 

There are shades of McQueen in the pavé diamond rings of 
Luis Morais andMichael Spirito’s chandelier earrings too. Clara Kasavina’s grenade-like minaudière on the other hand, flirts with the explosive elements associated with that iconography.
Heavily encrusted with glossy black beads, 
Giambattista Valli’s boots are major, and add McQueen-level drama to any evening look. The same is true ofLizzie Fortunato’s exquisite feathered collar. Christian Louboutin’s lace black boots channel much of the late designer’s decadent spirit—his signature talent for giving elegance a provocative jolt, the savage beauty for which we celebrate him.

Lizzie Fortunato Old Laughing Lady necklace, $750

Alexander McQueen skull and bee cocktail ring, $280

Christian Louboutin Attention Button-Front Fishnet Boot, $1,325 

Clara Kasavina Romeo Minaudière, $1,500

Alexander McQueen Folklore De-Manta print clutch, $475

Luis Morais Hand-carved Ametrine skull and diamond gold ring, $11,000

Luis Morais Skull Lyon Yellow Gold ring, $5,498

Michael Spirito Protozoan Cross earrings, $1,640

Giambattista Valli Satin embellished boot, $3,035

Christian Louboutin Maralena Lili Marlene Strass pump, $2,995


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