Fashion world mourns designer Alexander McQueen
Top British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who dressed stars from Sarah Jessica Parker to Rihanna to Nicole Kidman in bold shapes and colors, was found dead in his home here Thursday, a spokesman for his company said.
Though his reputation for controversy earned him the titles "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion," British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman said his work "influenced a whole generation of designers.
"At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family," said a statement issued from his company on behalf of the family of the designer, who was born Lee Alexander McQueen.
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One minute later, the message "but life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" was tweeted.
The account has not been verified by Twitter as officially coming from McQueen, although the page does link to his Web site. His death comes just a week before the opening of the famed London Fashion Week.