I remember when Alexander McQueen made his splash on the scene. He used to sport a lot of camouflage gear, which later lead into his love of wearing red tartan Scottish kilts. Beyond his personal style was his fashion vision that came through in his ready to wear men’s and women’s clothes and accessories like handbags and sunglasses. And the fashion shows themselves were amazing–in one he used Kate Moss as a hologram and he was the first designer to stream his shows lives. McQueen was a meticulous tailor, an innovator and a bad boy–he didn’t set trends, he made them.
Although McQueen was inspired by the elusive designer Yves St. Laurent, he himself influenced many designers and other creatives that he dressed like Lady Gaga (in his signature lobster claw shoes and antlers), Katy Perry and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden. And his contemporaries like Kathryn Hammnet, Vivienne Westwood, Phillip Treacy and Paul Smith, found his designs and the man a genius (of jaw dropping worthiness) and a true contemporary.
And in the world of shoe designers, McQueen was also a huge inspiration–with fashion-forward designs and taking chances that scored, many companies directly or indirectly couldn’t help but have a little McQueen in their step. Ash’s Lotus wedge gladiator in grey leather looks a lot like something that would have been on his catwalks.