NEW YORK — While celebrities like Kelis and Kim Kardashian remember Alexander McQueen, who died on Thursday morning (February 11), the fashion community is also praising the iconic designer for his incredible sense of individuality in the design world.
Arielle Delfino, a writer for fashion magazines in Japan, spoke to MTV News from the Fashion Week tents at Bryant Park. "He's had a great influence on all of the designers — all of his cutting-edge, ridiculous, amazing style — and he's always over the top, but never too much," she said. "And I think he's also had a great influence on artists, bands, singers — he's gonna be missed huge. When a huge designer like that goes away —who's gonna follow up on McQueen?"
Danielle Frankel, a student at New York's Parsons the New School for Design, admits that McQueen's influence goes far beyond that of just celebrities — he also managed to inspire fashion students who look to emulate his funky style. "I don't even know what to say — I, especially, can feel his influence because I'm in school," she explained. "His avant-garde personality that you see in every element of his designs, of course, as students we try to emulate and try to take note. His designs will be forever — not every designer has that."
Stylist Andre Benton said that once the shock passes, it will settle in that a great loss was suffered. "I was really shocked and taken aback," he said. "He's very influential. He sets trends. He has a big influence on the community as far as his designs. What's missing now is a great designer. Everybody loves him. They know his clothes. I really love all of his stuff."
James Ficid, a fashion assistant at Homme magazine, added, "It's really tragic and it's sad because most of the great ones ... they're so talented, but they have these tragic endings. He's been so inspirational to so many. Look at Lady Gaga — she has pretty much worn everything that he's made. He's brilliant and he's a genius. It's unfortunate."