If people are going to invest in fashion now… then they need to know it’s worth it. They’re not going to want to buy a cashmere coat they can wear any season, they are looking for something more individual than that, and from a more individual designer. Fashion is about fantasy as well as being commercial. We don’t all want to dress like soldiers in the same uniform. There is a viewpoint that people should play safe because they can’t afford to frighten their customer but, in fact, the opposite is true. You have to push forward and realise the power of fantasy and escapism. What’s the point of doing this job if you’re going to stagnate?
Sophie Hunter in ALEXANDER MCQUEEN British Independent Film Awards, 7 December 2014
Alexander McQueen Gold-capped Suede Pumps
The single-sole pump is this season’s hottest shoe silhouette. Alexander McQueen’s black suede pair feels contemporary yet classic. The gleaming gold-toe accent exudes sophistication.
I am constantly trying to reflect the way women are treated. It’s hard to interpret that in clothes or in a show but there’s always an underlying, sinister side to women’s sexuality in my work because of the way I have seen women treated in my life. Where I come from, a woman met a man, had babies, moved to Dagenham, two up two down, made the dinner, went to bed. That was my image of women and I didn’t want that. I wanted to get that out of my head.
Alexander McQueen, quoted by Suzannah Frankel, AnOther Magazine S/S 2015