Beyoncé's highly-anticipated music video for "Run the World (Girls)" debuted last night during American Idol. The Francis Lawrence-directed feature presents an über-stylish Beyonce leading a post-apocalyptic army of fashionistas.
Meh on the track. Perfect tens for the high-fashion looks from Givenchy, Pucci, Gaultier and especially the 1960s-inspired Gareth Pugh metallic number and beehive. Watch it WHEN YOU JUMP ...
The 40-year-old committed suicide just days after the death of his mother, Joyce. His death also comes just three years after his close friend, Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself. McQueen was found at his luxury flat in Green Park, central London. It is believed he hanged himself. A source at McQueen’s office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: ‘It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.’ His death comes just days before the start of London Fashion Week and weeks before he was due to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 9.
Posts on McQueen's Twitter feed suggest he had been battling with grief after his mother died last Tuesday.
Openly gay, McQueen once described himself as the 'pink sheep of the family'. He married his partner, film-maker George Forsyth in the summer of 2000. In 2002, he told British Vogue,
"I came out really young. I was never in [the closet]. I was sure of
myself and my sexuality and I've got nothing to hide. I went straight
from my mother's womb onto the gay parade."
Born Lee Alexander McQueen, he left school at 16 years old, apprenticed on Savile Row and tailored suits for Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev. Years later the designer established his own label based in London's East End. With the launch of his low-waited, hip-hugging " 'bumsters' trousers with a waistband so low that the buttocks are revealed", McQueen made his label famous through the tabloids. He went on to be named head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano, before joining forces with Gucci, who bought 51 per cent of his company.
Alexander McQueen's 14th Street boutique in Manhattan's Meatpacking District was widely credited (or blamed) as being one of the first signs the neighborhood was changing into a trendy and exclusive destination.