Fashion Week 2012: New York Fashionistas Praise Alexander McQueen's Legacy
February Fashion Week has come to a close and marks the two-year anniversary of Alexander McQueen's death. The designer's diffusion line McQ held its first ever runway show Monday during London Fashion week. NY1's Michelle Park spoke to instrumental members of the New York fashion community as they reflected on the designer.
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Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was revered as a visionary who pushed the frontier of fashion forward.
"Alexander McQueen was a completely unique talent," says Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey.
Shockwaves were felt throughout the entire fashion world when Alexander McQueen committed suicide in his Central London home in February 2010. Fashion industry insiders say talent like McQueen's is irreplaceable.
"He had such a brilliant mind about how to use different fabrics and make it look interesting and so over the top and when you put one of his clothes on it always transported you," says designer Monique Lhuillier.
"I think it will be hard to ever, ever find a talent of his caliber. I think they really do come along, as they say, once in a lifetime," says Bergdorf Goodman Vice President Linda Fargo.
During New York's February Fashion Week this year, fashion community members were still remembering the McQueen legacy.
"He was always someone I admired and just felt was so inspirational," says designer Rebecca Minkoff. "I'll never forget the one where the model was walking down the runway with all the mussel shells as her skirt. I just think he was a phenomenal talent and it was always exciting to watch him."
In some cases, designers even worked his aesthetic into their own collections.
"When I did the embroidery I was like, hey, it should be like Alexander McQueen's lines and drapes," says designer Vivienne Tam.
Sarah Burton took over for the fashion house. She is best known for designing the wedding dress seen around the world -- Kate Middleton's wedding dress -- and members of the fashion community say Burton has done a stellar job keeping McQueen's legacy going.
"We are in such good hands with Sarah because not only did she work with McQueen for over 30 years, but she has an understanding of what made him great," says Bailey.
McQueen's influence was felt throughout New York City last summer, as record crowds gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take in the mysterious designer's "Savage Beauty" exhibit. And that is just the beginning.
His ability to bring drama and extravagance to the runway will likely be remembered for many years to come.
"Alexander McQueen's impact and legacy is going to be one of the extraordinary ones that will live long, long past his life," says Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis.