Some of the biggest names in fashion took a break from London fashion week this morning to pay tribute to influential British designer Alexander McQueen at his memorial service.
Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stella McCartney and Naomi Campbell were all in attendance at St. Paul’s Cathedral making the ceremony very much a tragic catwalk of the fashion’s world’s elite.
Most of the guests wore the traditional morning shade of black although Sex And the City star Sarah Jessica caused a stir as she arrived wearing a cream dress protected from the autumn chill by a black knee-length jacket.
Kate Moss wore a black leather skirt, jacket and stilettos while Naomi Campbell wore a black feather dress with knee-high boots. Flashes of McQueen’s trademark tartan could also be seen as others chose to pay homage by wearing his designs.
The order of service included an address by Anna Wintour and performance by Bjork, who emerged from the Minor Cannon’s Aisle dressed as a McQueen angel and singing ‘Gloomy Sunday’.
Described by editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, as a “modern genius”, Lee Alexander McQueen earned himself a reputation as the “enfant terrible” of British fashion.
The industry is still in shock over the 40-year-old’s suicide in February of this year. An inquest heard the designer hanged himself after taking a cocktail of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquillizers. He had a history of depression, anxiety and insomnia and had researched suicide on the internet before taking his life.