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Alexander McQueen's Best Perfumes and Fashion

Updated on February 21, 2012

Prolific British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was known for his fascination with death. Karl Lagerfeld said, "There was always some attraction to death, his designs were sometimes dehumanised." On the day of Alexander McQueen's death, here's a review his best fashions and perfumes, both the humanist and the dehumanizing.

Drew Barrymore in Alexander McQueen.
Drew Barrymore in Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen's last TwitPics represent his pride in his business.
Alexander McQueen's last TwitPics represent his pride in his business.
Candid shot by Alexander McQueen of his SS10 Runway.
Candid shot by Alexander McQueen of his SS10 Runway.
Boasting his showroom.
Boasting his showroom.
Showing off his shoe designs.
Showing off his shoe designs.
Swatch of Alexander McQueen's skull design from his Twitter page and his SS 2010 show.
Swatch of Alexander McQueen's skull design from his Twitter page and his SS 2010 show.
The Alexander McQueen Reptile Shoe
The Alexander McQueen Reptile Shoe

Best Alexander McQueen's Fashions

Alexander McQueen's most accessible fashion was feminine and playful, and above all tempered with a touch of British punk. Spewing gibberish in his last days, McQueen stunned the world with his sudden death on February 11, 2010. Ruminating on heaven and hell, the death of his mom, and dramatic themes of death, Alexander McQueen publicly dealth with troubling times over Twitter. In the days before his death name-dropped a few French historic greats who confronted death in a dramatic way: Marquis de Sade, Marie Antoinette, and La Reine Margot (presumably the gory film version of this real-life character). But who are we kidding? Alexander McQueen, the bad boy of British fashion, for years had explored the otherworldly in strange ways.

The media currently fixates on Alexander McQueen's referencing death over his Twitter page (which has been shut down but is still accessible as cached). But these final messages doesn't reveal cryptic clues more than it simply expresses Alexander McQueen's core character. Also the stylized skulls on Twitter background was not a message to the world, it was simply an image used on the catwalk of his runway show last fall.

So who wore Alexander McQueen fashion? At its most approachable, his designs always accentuated the beauty of femininity. At its most artistic, Alexander McQueen's fashion reach to the lengths of the wildly grotesque. Both forms of Alexander McQueen's creativity was readily devoured by his celebrity fans. Beyond his daring couture and scaling shoes, Alexander McQueen also poured inspiration into his fragrances. Just like his fashion collection, the Alexander McQueen fragrance portfolio represents both sides of the designer.

The other side of Alexander McQueen.
The other side of Alexander McQueen.
The Alexander McQueen Sea Serpent Shoe.
The Alexander McQueen Sea Serpent Shoe.
Lindsey Lohan in Alexander McQueen Scarf.
Lindsey Lohan in Alexander McQueen Scarf.

Alexander McQueen's Reptile Shoe and Skull Scarf

Last fall, Alexander McQueen's eight-inch shoes made ripples in the fashion industry that reverberated well beyond. Reptile inspired and calling up everything from sea serpents to ground-slithering snakes, this Alexander McQueen shoes will probably be his greatest fashion legacy. At the time of the fall runway shoe, critics immediately scoffed at the designers indulgent fashion sense and complete dismissal of human practicality. Lady Gaga, a diehard fan of the weird and otherworldly, snatched up these Alexander McQueen heels to feature them on her Bad Romance music video.

The skull scarf, popularized by bad girl celebrities like Lindsey Lohan and Nicole Richie, represented McQueen's playfully walks the line on his own serious ruminations on death. Playing with the skull icon, McQueen's scarf teeters over to pop-punk sensibilities, not the darkness he often explored.

Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen Reptile outfits in her music video Bad Romance.
Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen Reptile outfits in her music video Bad Romance.

Alexander McQueen's Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen's ready-to-wear was undeniably just that: ready to wear, anytime, anywhere. His fashion sensibility represented the best of British sensibility: clean tailoring, polished femininity, and heaps of socially acceptable modesty. While Alexander McQueen's garments were often seen shimmying down the red carpet, they could have just as easily been spotted behind an executive desk.

Rihanna in Alexander McQueen
Rihanna in Alexander McQueen
Sienna Miller in Alexander McQueen
Sienna Miller in Alexander McQueen
Cate Blanchette in Alexander McQueen
Cate Blanchette in Alexander McQueen
Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen
Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen
Katie Holmes in Alexander McQueen
Katie Holmes in Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen Kingdom Perfume
Alexander McQueen Kingdom Perfume

Alexander McQueen Kingdom Perfume Review

Filled with sweaty neroli and myrrh, Alexander McQueen Kingdom perfume is unmistakably cumin enriched. A pregnant jasmine marks the heart of Alexander McQueen Kingdom, only to be confused by the swirling introduction of citrus. In an overload, sweetened, heavy laces of bergamot, mandarin, and orange flood the fragrance. Full-bodied and off-balanced, Kingdom is perfect for those who love a heady scent, a fragrance with its own personality, a fragrance to offend. Kingdom is a perfume that presents a challenge, just like Alexander McQueen's most daring fashions.

Alexander McQueen My Queen Perfume
Alexander McQueen My Queen Perfume

Alexander McQueen My Queen Perfume Review

Alexander McQueen accentuated his two greatest fortes in his perfume portfolio: his grasp of the otherworldly and weird (his personal favorite) and his talented execution of the tailored feminine form (his clients' favorite). Rich, powdery and feminine, My Queen is definitely the more accessible of the fragrance double act from Alexander McQueen. My Queen hits the feminine spectrum on Alexander's McQueen scale of design sensibility with a gorgeous resonating floral note. The traditional violet, which is enrobed with powdery heliotropes, vanilla and almonds, is presented almost like a Guerlain. My Queen is rich, regal and the whole affair is very wearable.

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Alexander McQueen fragrances are available for best prices at discount perfume retailers.

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      Sun-Girl 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Useful and informative article.

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      The Stylist 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank You so much for show casing this amazing British Designer! I did a hub on his Funeral. CHeck it out!

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